REED CITY – Linebacker Jordon Rolston and quarterback Chad Samuels have had previous playoff experience with Reed City's football team, but both are hoping this will in particular be a successful and fun postseason for the Coyotes.

The Coyotes, 9-0, open the playoffs at home Friday against Manistee.

“It's been practice, work intense, work hard and make everyone better,” was Rolston's reply when asked about the key behind going 9-0 for the second straight regular season. “Senior year, going out, 18-0 during the regular season, it's indescribable.”

“It's tough going 9-0 one year, but two years in a row, that's something special,” Samuels said.

The Coyotes are one of 32 teams in the Division 5 playoffs, which will go five weeks to determine a state champion.

Against White Cloud in Friday's 55-8 win to close the regular season, the Coyotes had a wide-open offense to start the game, a different wrinkle from the ball-control attack that Reed City normally uses.

“It is what it is,” Rolston said. “We're playing football.”

“It felt good, you never know when we're going to need it,” Samuels said of the spread offense that he directed on the field. “It worked great. We had four days to work on it and executed it very well. If we need it (in playoffs), we can use it. If not, we'll keep running the ball.”

By going 9-0 during the regular season, the Coyotes were also undisputed Central State Activities Association champs for the second straight season.

“We go into the game and have confidence and work hard on practices in the weight room and with everything we do,” Samuels said. “I feel like I improved a lot. But it's a team effort.”

The Coyotes are now looking for a long postseason.

“We have to keep working hard and have a lot of confidence and see what we can do.,” Samuels said.