REED CITY — Reed City football coach Monty Price is expecting a tough opener on Friday when his Coyotes play at Montague in a non-conference season opener.

But on Thursday, Price got a good look at his team in a multi-squad scrimmage. The Coyotes were at Muskegon Catholic Central and played the host school, Ludington, Cadillac and Shelby.

The Coyotes have gone 9-0 in five of the last six regular seasons.

“Most important, No. 1, is we got out of there healthy,” Price said. “I thought our kids played well. We’ve got some things we’re trying to break down and identify things we need to work on and focus on. I was pleased with effort and physicality. We have to do better with our tackling.

“Offensively, our focus will be on sustaining the play until the whistle. Overall, I was pleased. I think we’re in a good spot right now.”

Montague is a new season-opener opponent for Reed City.

“They look really good,” Price said. “They’re a machine right now. They’re operating on all cylinders. They know their identity and are balanced, which can create a lot of problems. They’re aggressive defensively. There’s no question we’ll have our hands full. They’ll be a (top) team in Division 6.”