Reed City powers through Baldwin, 60-27, in season opener

Coyotes outrun Panthers, 60-27, in season opening contest

REED CITY — It was smash-mouth football versus a wide-open, run-and-gun offense between the Reed City Coyotes and the Baldwin Panthers on Thursday night, and in the end power prevailed as the Coyotes extended their regular-season winning streak to 30 games with a 60-27 win over the Panthers.

The Panthers came out firing, with Brandon Childress marching his squad down the field before finding Clay Bowens from five yards out. An extra point from Brenton Childress gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead over the defending Central State Activities Association (CSAA) champs.

“We surprised them a little bit,” Baldwin coach Doug Bolles said. “We wanted the ball first, because we knew how tough they were...They’ve got great athletes. We wouldn’t have played them if I didn’t think we had a chance.”

After the Baldwin touchdown, Reed City started their first drive of the season with a kickoff return to the 50-yard-line by Andre Jones, setting up a six-yard scamper for a touchdown by Jon Green. Jones tacked on the 2-point conversion to give the Coyotes an 8-7 advantage with 7:11 to play.

After a three-and-out for the Panthers, the Coyotes looked to tack on to their score, but Nolan Patterson, making his first varsity start at quarterback, was intercepted by Damon Nichols. Baldwin wasn’t able to capitalize on the turnover, though.

“When we did force them into a couple fumbles and a couple of turnovers, like the interception, we weren’t able to take advantage,” Bolles said. “If you’re going to play a team like Reed City, you’ve got to do that.”

After a few three-and-outs for both sides, Baldwin was forced to punt it away with 2:24 left in the opening quarter to Jones. Jones juked and spun away from would-be tacklers for an 80-yard trip to the endzone, but was called all the way back due to a holding penalty on the Coyotes, something that plagued both teams throughout the season-opener.

“We had a lot of penalties, and we had a couple drives and a couple turnovers that really hurt us and stalled some drives,” Price said. “I think we probably could’ve marched it in and scored and kept Childress off the field more, but those are things we’ve got to fix. We can’t make poor mistakes.”

Reed City was finally able to punch another one in the end zone with 8:30 to play in the second quarter on a seven-yarder for Collin Hatfield, who added the 2-point conversion to give his Coyotes a 16-7 lead.

The Panthers started their first drive of the quarter with a connection from Brandon Childress to Damon Nichols, but Childress’ next pass was picked off by Taylor Pelton and taken back 38 yards to the house, resulting in a 24-7 lead for the Coyotes after the 2-point conversion.

The Coyotes pushed their lead to 25 on another touchdown run from Green, this time from 24 yards out, making for a 32-7 advantage.

Baldwin added one more with 19 seconds left in the first half on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Childress to Nichols, but the 2-point conversion failed, giving Reed City a 32-13 lead going into halftime.

Jones got the second half started in a hurry for the Coyotes, busting off a 54-yard run to paydirt, making the lead 40-13, but Baldwin answered back on their next drive with Brandon Childress finding Brenton Childress from four yards out to draw the Panthers closer at 40-19.

Each side continued trading blows, with Green busting off a 53-yarder with 6:21 to play in the third, but Brandon Childress once again answered with a touchdown pass to Braeden Childress, making it 46-27 in favor of the Coyotes going into the fourth quarter.

Baldwin tried to get things rolling in the fourth as Brandon Childress got a drive going with a 14-yard completion to Da’Ron Copeland, but with 6:15 to play Patrick Jobes picked off a pass and took it to the house from about 60 yards out, giving his squad a 54-27 advantage.

From there Baldwin was forced to go for broke, throwing deep passes, but wasn’t able to put any more points on the board.

The Coyotes brought the bench in as time ticked down and Branden Decator capped off the evening with a two-yard touchdown run to give the Coyotes the season-opening 60-27 win.

“It’s the way to start the season,” Price said. “That’s what everybody’s goal is, to start out the season with a win and get everything focused and going in the right direction. I have to speak honestly, we’ve got some things we’ve got to fix and I’ve got to say, there are some great players in the Baldwin Panther program.”

Even though his Panther team lost, Bolles was still proud of his squad’s effort against one of the best teams in the area.

“We’re a Class D school and they’re a Class B school,” Bolles said. “They had more to lose than we did. We’re not supposed to beat them, but I thought we competed really hard.”

Reed City returns to action on Sept. 5 for their CSAA opener at Tri-County as Baldwin takes on Farwell in its home opener.

REED CITY 60, BALDWIN 27

RC     08     24     14     14  — 60

BW    07     06     14     00  — 27

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

BW — Brandon Childress 5 to Bowens  (PAT good), 9:08

RC — Green 6 run (Jones run), 7:11

Second Quarter

RC — Hatfield 7 run (Hatfield run), 8:39

RC — Pelton 38 Interception (Green run), 7:28

RC — Green 8 run (Hatfield run), 1:34

BW — Brandon Childress 21 pass to Nichols (2-pt failed), :19

Third quarter

RC — Jones 54 run (Patterson run), 9:45

BW — Brandon Childress 4 pass to Brenton Childress (2-pt failed), 7:20

RC — Green 53 run (2-pt failed), 6:21

BW — Brandon Childress 13 pass to Braedon Childress (Brandon Childress run), 5:26

Fourth Quarter

RC — Jobes 60 interception (Hatfield run), 6:21

RC — Decator 2 run (2-pt failed), 2:15

Individual Statistics

  • Rushing: Reed City 31-373 (Jones 10-172, Green 10-139, Hatfield 6-33, Logan Straub 2-11, Decator 3-16) Baldwin 12-45 (Brandon Childress 9-44, Brenton Childress 2-0, Demetrius Kane 1-1)
  • Passing: Baldwin: Brandon Childress 19-38-250-4-2 Reed City: Nolan Patterson 2-4-40-0-1
  • Receiving: Baldwin - Brenton Childress 3-19, Copeland 3-44, Bowens 1-5, Brandon Beane 2-44, Nichols 8-88, Braeden Childress 3-60 Reed City - Jobes 1-6, Jones 1-38