Reed City overcomes lightning, Chippewa Hills

Reed City's Payton Hansen bursts through the line for a 1-yard touchdown run against Chippewa Hills. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

Reed City's Payton Hansen bursts through the line for a 1-yard touchdown run against Chippewa Hills. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY - Neither the lightning nor Chippewa Hills seemed able to stop the Reed City Coyotes on Friday.

Reed City (3-1, 3-2) defeated the Warriors (2-2, 2-3) on Friday night in a game interrupted by lightning for about an hour. The game ended shortly after 10:30 p.m. and Reed City won 52-24.

"We played a great game teamwise," Reed City coach Scott Shankel said. "We won the battle at the line of scrimmage and are playing better overall."

Reed City was up 30-18 late in the third when lightning was spotted and the game was delayed.

The Coyotes were hard to stop prior to the delay and proved that way again afterwards. Auston Major-Kailing had a 52-yard TD run. Payton Hansen had a 75-yard kickoff return. Brendan Ruppert had a 10-yard scoring run. Mason Brockless scored Chippewa Hills' last touchdown on a 55-yard screen pass play from Dylan Sharp in the fourth quarter.

It was 38-18 after the third quarter.

Hansen had 18 carries for 179 yards. Noah Jones had 14 carries for 170 yards, Major-Kailing had 14 carries for 114 yards. Jeffrey Samuels also had a touchdown run.

"I don't think we punted tonight," Shankel said.

The Coyotes scored three first-half touchdowns and had a 24-12 halftime lead. They also scored a TD nullified by a holding call and ran out of time in the first half with the ball on the Warrior 3 yard line.

Reed City was up 8-6 after the first`quarter. Hansen scored on a 1-yard run for an 8-0 Coyote lead. Dylan Sharp threw an 80-yard scoring pass to Koronte Lowery for the Warriors. The Coyotes had scoring runs of 10 yards by Jeffrey Samuels and 5 yards by Noah Jones in the second quarter.

The Coyotes converted on three 2-point conversions. Koronte Lowery had a 3-yard scoring run in the second quarter for the Warriors.

Both teams scored on their opening drives of the third quarter. Dylan Sharp had a 4-yard TD run for the Warriors. But Jones scored on a 52-yard run for Reed City.

Both Reed City and Chippewa Hills were 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division coming into the game and have turned their respective seasons around.

Reed City has won 11 straight games over the Warriors who last defeated the Coyotes on Oct. 8, 2010. Both teams had impressive wins over Tri County in recent weeks and appear to be evenly matched.

"Chip Hills is a physical team that has good athletes," Shankel said prior to the game. "They do a great job of mixing up pass and run and they are very good at it. It will take a total team effort, winning the line of scrimmage and pursuing to the ball on defense."

Both Shankel and Warrior skipper A.J. Webley are first-year head coaches.

"Reed City has been at the top of the conference and is the team to beat until someone knocks them off," Webley said.

Reed City is at Big Rapids on Friday while Chippewa Hills will be at Central Montcalm.