REED CITY – It wasn’t quite the season-ending story that senior Garrett Benson and junior Kyle Wright would have written for the Reed City football Coyotes.

Both players after Thursday’s practice were confident coming into Friday’s district finals game against Newaygo, a team the Coyotes had beaten during the regular season 35-7.

It was a different story on Friday with a 30-29 loss to the Lions.

But it was still a banner season for the Coyotes as Benson and Wright reflected on their team’s 10-0 start.

They both noted that working together and focusing on each opponent one at a time had helped the team to its second consecutive regular season 9-0 mark.

Benson was a running back for the Coyotes while Wright was a back both ways.  Benson also served as an outside linebacker

“We work hard every play,” Benson said, adding that the team has been effective in coming off the line of scrimmage.

The first Newaygo game “was early in the year and we played well,” he said. “We’re confident but I’m sure they’ve gotten better.”

Newaygo was one-point better this time.

But Benson, Wright and their teammates, while disappointed they weren’t able to advance to the next round, still had some memorable highlights.,

Benson had 72 carries for 451 yards, six touchdowns and 6.26 yards  per carry, plus eight receptions for 242 yards.

“He’s a tough runner, great blocker and has excellent hands,” said Reed City coach Monty Price.

A playoff highlight for Wright was catching a 1-yard pass on fourth down for a touchdown from Chad Samuels in the team’s 48-14 win over Manistee in the playoff opener.

“It’s all about execution and our kids were ready tonight and performed great,” Price said after the Manistee game.