Reed City rolls to win over Warriors

TO THE HOUSE: Reed City's Garrett Benson picks up a fumble and returns it for a touchdown during Friday's football game with Chippewa Hills. (Pioneer photo/Justin McKee)
TO THE HOUSE: Reed City’s Garrett Benson picks up a fumble and returns it for a touchdown during Friday’s football game with Chippewa Hills. (Pioneer photo/Justin McKee)

REED CITY — Monty Price would like to get one thing straight — the Reed City offense isn’t as easy as it looks.

Even though the Coyotes rolled to an easy 38-14 victory over Chippewa Hills on Friday night, looks can be deceiving. Reed City is now 6-0 in the Central State Activities Association and has qualified for the Michigan High School Athletic Association playoffs.

The Warriors fall to 3-3 on the season.

The Coyotes scored on their first four possessions of the game — on 5- and 13-yard runs by Jordan Straub, a 5-yard scamper by Chad Samuels and a 21-yard field goal by Ricky Droke.

Reed City racked up 229 yards of offense in the first half in taking a 24-7 lead into halftime.

“We were taking what they were giving us,” Price said. “I think people mistake our offense for what it’s not. It’s not simplistic. We have a plan, it’s what we do and that’s why we do it.”

You would get no argument from Chippewa Hills coach Larry Jose.

The Warriors struggled in trying to stop the Coyotes in the first half, only getting the Coyotes to punt the ball once just before half in the first two quarters of action.

“Reed City fired off the ball better than we did,” Jose said. “They did a few things differently blocking wise, but they fired off the ball and went downhill and executed.”

The execution wasn’t limited to the Reed City offense.

The Coyotes ran only five offensive plays in the third quarter, yet scored 14 points on a 15-yard fumble return by Garrett Benson after Chippewa Hills quarterback Jake Tarbell had the ball slip out of his hands when he was winding up to throw a pass.

That was followed by a 59-yard interception return by Eric Bradford off a Ty Schaffer pass on the next possession.

“(The defense) was outstanding,” Price said. “We were a little worried about their big-play threats. We were able to take away those threats and tried to have them get us bit by bit and I don’t think that is what they want to do.”

Jose agreed.

He said his team has relied on the big play all season, but struggled for most of the contest. Tarbell and Schaffer combined to go 10-for-21 throwing for 118 yards. Leading the ground game was Jason Peacock with 52 yards.

Peacock had a 3-yard run in the first half, while Marcus Guerrero added a 13-yard run in the fourth quarter.

“A lot of credit goes to Reed City,” Jose said. “They took stuff away from us that we have been executing really well by scheme and by players. We are a big-play team and we count on those and we were just a little off on those big plays.”

Reed City is in action Friday when it hosts Hesperia, while the Warriors will entertain Morley Stanwood.

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REED CITY 38, CHIPPEWA HILLS 14 CH 0 7 0 7 — 14

RC 14 10 14 0 — 38


First quarter

RC — Jordan Straub 5 run (Ricky Droke kick), 7:35

RC — Chad Samuels 5 run (Droke kick), 1:50

Second quarter

CH — Jason Peacock 3 run (Jake Tarbell kick), 9:11

RC — Straub 13 run (Droke kick), 6:40

RC — Droke 21 FG, 1:16

Third quarter

RC — Garrett Benson 15 fumble return (Droke kick), 7:24

RC — Eric Bradford 59 interception return (Droke kick), 3:09

Fourth quarter

CH — Marcus Guerrero 13 run (Tarbell kick), 4:18


Rushing: Chippewa Hills 35-84 (Peacock 17-52, Ty Schaffer 2-(-9), Mark Miller 4-19, Jake Tarbell 3-(-21), Marcus Guerrero 3-18, Latear Dukes 2-8, Ryan St. John 3-14, Marcus Merrill 1-3). Reed City 44-208 (Josh Saez 3-11, Straub 8-38, Samuels 4-37, Jonathan Green 15-85, Benson 7-9, Travis French 3-3, Paris Jones 2-26, Kyle Wright 1-(-2), Derek Lodholtz 1-1.

Passing: Chippewa Hills 10-21-2-118 (Schaffer 5-7-1-52, Tarbell 5-14-1-66). Reed City 3-5-0-61 (Samuels 3-5-0-61)

Receiving: Chippewa Hills — Dukes 1-16, Peter Lewandowski 3-24, Miller 2-17, Shane Travis 3-40, Trent Karcher 1-21. Reed City — Straub 3-61.