Reed City offensive players draw all-conference honors

REED CITY — The Reed City Coyotes had a 9-0 record for the third straight season in the Central State Activities Association and used a steady offense to help get the job done.

The Coyotes had several players picked to the all-CSAA’s offensive team.

First-team members were Josh Saez at receiver, Darrien Sweet, Dean Eichenberg and T.J. Patterson on the line, Jon Green at back and Chad Samuels at quarterback.

Andre Jones and Ian MacDonald were on the second team. The honorable mention list included Colin Hatfield in the backfield.

Eichenberg, a 6-2, 180 lb offensive lineman, helped an offense that amassed 4,500 yards.

“He’s another unselfish kid,” said Reed City coach Monty Price. “He moved to guard for us and had an amazing year. We would be able to do what we did without his efforts.”

Green, a 5-9, 175-pound running back, had 91 carries for 1,281 yards and 18 touchdowns. He averaged 14 yards per carry and was voted the league’s top running back. He had three catches for 123 yards and one touchdown.

“He’s a great running back, explosive, very fast,” said Price.

Patterson, at 6-3, 250 lb, is a junior lineman who played a key role in the offense.

“He’s very unselfish for us and moved to tackle based on need,” Price said. “He’s going to be an outstanding football player.”

Saez, a 5-6, 145-pound senior, was voted the league’s top wide receiver. He had 25 catches for 618 yards and seven touchdowns.

“He’s a pure athlete and very skilled,” Price said. “He has great hands, is a great route runner and had an outstanding season at the wideout position.”

Samuels, in his third-year as a varsity starter, is a 6-1, 165-pound senior who was 39-of-63 for 950 yards with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. He had 24 carries for 253 yards and scored five touchdowns.

“Chad’s an outstanding leader,” Price said. “He’s 30-3 as a quarterback for us. That speaks volumes about that young man.”

Sweet, a 6-1, 195-pound lineman, was a two-time first-team all-conference player who was voted the league’s top offensive lineman on an offense that totaled nearly 4,500 yards.

“He’s developed himself into an outstanding football player and he’s a tough kid,” Price said.

Jones, a 5-7, 155-pound sophomore running back, had 77 carries for 846 yards and nine touchdowns. He caught four passes for 105 yards and two scores.

“He’s a very athletic kid who can change the scope of the game at any given time on any given play,” Price said.

McDonald was a 5-10 senior offensive lineman.

“He’s tough on both sides of the ball,” Price said. “He’s very physical, very aggressive and very hard-nosed.”

Hatfield, a sophomore, gave the Coyotes depth in the backfield.

“Most of our kids rarely saw action in the second half,” Price said. “Imagine their numbers if they had.”