Reed City's 2018 football team was extremely special

Reed City's football coach in 2018, Monty Price (left), confers with his son and quarterback Jackson Price during a game. (Pioneer file photo)

Reed City's football coach in 2018, Monty Price (left), confers with his son and quarterback Jackson Price during a game. (Pioneer file photo)

Editor’s note: This is another in a series of stories featuring some special sports memories from the past.

REED CITY – Reed City’s football team had plenty of special memories during an eight-season run of Central State Activities Association titles.

Title No. 8 came in 2018. The season opener was an impressive 34-18 win over Montague. Then came seven straight league wins with the Coyotes scoring 40 points or more in each one. They clinched the record-setting eighth-straight CSAA title. The 50-7 win over Newaygo on Oct. 12 clinched the deal.

In the playoffs, the Coyotes rolled over Benzie Central 42-9 and Clare 38-7 to set up a showdown at Saginaw Swan Valley in the regional title game. Swan Valley won 36-28 in a game that came down to the wire. The season ended at 11-1 and was the final game Monty Price, now at Belding, would coach for the Coyotes.

Reed City outscored its opponents 507-104.

Reed City graduated a large senior class with the 2018 football season, including Price’s son, quarterback Jackson Price and All-State running back Phillip Jones-Price.

Price took the varsity spot in 1999.

He left Reed City with plenty of memories.

“The biggest thing is I’ve been blessed and fortunate to work with a lot of outstanding coaches,” Price said. “I’ll miss that relationship. The biggest thing I’ll miss is the kids. I’ve coached hundreds of kids and they’ve been an outstanding group. I’ve had a chance to work with some amazing individuals. We wouldn’t be where we’re at today without their efforts.”

The Coyotes had eight players make the All-CSAA team: Mason Bush, Michael Johnson, Brandon Major, Anthony Pelton, Jackson Price, Phillip Jones-Price, Stephen Shewan and Zack Wirgau.

Senior Cody S. Kailing earned honorable mention honors.

Pelton and Jones-Price were also named first-team all-state by AP. Price and Schewan were named to the second team and Michael Johnson was an honorable mention choice.

Jones-Price had 132 carries for 1,682 yards and 31 touchdowns with 12.7 yards per carry.

Price, a quarterback and defensive back, had 18 of 38 passing for 450 yards and six touchdowns. He had 20 carries for 344 yards and six TDs for 17.2 yards per carry. Defensively, he had 27 tackles, three for loss, two force fumbles, one fumble recovery, four pass interceptions, three pass breakups and one defensive touchdown.

The Coyote offense gained 3,764 rushing yards in nine contests.

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