Reed City players reflect on football season

It was a unique season for Reed City football.
It was a unique season for Reed City football.

REED CITY — Despite a 29-14 loss to Saginaw Swan Valley in the Division 5 state semifinal game on Nov. 18, the Reed City football team set some school records as their 2017 season concluded.

The offense piled up a school-record 546 points (42 per game) behind a stout offensive line.

Running back Phillip Jones broke numerous school records in the backfield this season, setting the mark for single-game rushing yards (302), single-season rushing yards (2,343 yards) and touchdowns (38).

The Coyotes (11-2) earned their second straight district title, seventh straight conference title, and eighth straight playoff appearance, including a first-ever trip to the state semifinal.

“Our players represented our school and community very well,” head coach Monty Price said. “It’s more about celebrating the journey than the sorrow of defeat. It was an amazing season.”

Of the 40 players listed on Reed City’s varsity roster, 14 were seniors. Those seniors helped lay the foundation for has arguably been the greatest football run in school history.

“It speaks for itself,” Price said. “The most important thing about this group of seniors is they’re a great group of kids. Not one of these kids complained. They really supported each other and trusted each other.

“We’re hoping we can build on the success they’ve helped us reach.”

The Coyotes return 26 players, including quarterback Jackson Price, tight end Anthony Pelton, and backs Brandon Major, Zach Wirgau, and Jones.

The junior varsity program had a successful season and many of those players will be joining next year’s varsity team.

“They have an opportunity to really do something special if they keep things in perspective,” Price said. “It’s all about the grind and trusting the process. Our juniors have been doing it since the seventh grade. We’re pretty excited about moving forward.

“We’ve got a lot of potential. We’re going to move forward and get back to work.”