Reed City rolls past Benzie in playoff opener

Reed City quarterback Jackson Price was an all-conference player.
Reed City quarterback Jackson Price was an all-conference player.

REED CITY — Phillip Jones-Price and the Reed City football team opened the postseason with a bang.

The senior tailback tallied 17 carries for 204 yards and six touchdowns to propel the Coyotes to a 48-0 win over Benzie Central Friday in Division 5 pre-district action. The ‘real’ season has begun.

“It’s the process to play for a state championship,” head coach Monty Price said. “You have to have a little luck on the way. We’re focused on rising to the occasion with our intensity at practice and our commitment to the team.”

Jones-Price scored five of his six touchdowns in a first half that saw Reed City lead 42-0 at halftime. The Reed City offensive line was too much for Benzie Central to handle and tallied 351 rushing yards.

Payton Hansen had six carries for 50 yards and one touchdown and Connor Agan added six carries for 53 yards.

Jackson Price completed 4 of 6 passes for 93 yards.

Brandon Major had two catches for 29 yards and Jones-Price added a 48-yard catch.

“Benzie came in and they were diving on the defensive line and coming hard off the edge,” Price said. “We weren’t prepared for that because we didn’t see it on film. Our kids adapted to it and we challenged our offensive line to get physical and I thought they did. We wore on them.”

Reed City’s defense shut down a potent Benzie attack to the tune of 31 total yards of offense. Cody S. Kailing led the team in tackles with six, including two-for-loss. Mason Bush added four tackles with two-for-loss and Jackson Price had two interceptions.

“Our defense posted its fourth shutout of the year,” Price said. “That team has been scoring points against very good competition up north. I’m really proud of the effort of our defensive backs. They were in 5-wide most of the night and played well.”

Reed City (10-0) plays Clare at home on Friday.

“As a program, we feel that the one team that can beat us is ourselves,” Price said. “That’s been our motto all year. We have to focus on us because our lack of discipline will leave opportunities for teams to beat us. We’ve been doing that all year.”