Reed City senior named CSAA Gold’s Most Outstanding Performer

REED CITY — Reed City football coach Monty Price calls senior running back/linebacker Logan Straub “certainly one of the best players in northern Michigan.”

And for several good reasons.

Straub has been a key contributor for the Coyotes, who were 11-0 and won their second district title in the past three seasons with a 34-28 topping of Chippewa Hills. Reed City lost in the regional final 40-14 to Menominee.

Straub also helped the Coyotes win their sixth straight Central State Activities Association Gold Division title and has been named the league’s Most Outstanding Performer.

“I feel we made a huge improvement to now from week one,” Straub said after his team beat Pinconning in the predistrict round. “It’s been our hard work and dedication and doing what the coaches have taught us to do.”

Straub was one of the few returning players back from last year’s team. And yet, the Coyotes, for their first time in program history, won 11 games.

“We lost a lot (of 2015 seniors) but I feel the young guys stepped up, including the offensive linemen,” Straub said. “I give credit to my offensive linemen.”

Straub has made some noise offensively, but also defensively.

“Reading my keys,” has been a strength behind Straub’s defensive excellence.

The Coyotes won twice against Chippewa Hills and prior to the second time in the district title game, Straub was confident.

“I personally want them back,” he said. “We want to prove who we are.”

Other Coyotes who earned first-team honors include senior defensive back Brandon Evans, who had 34 tackles, one tackle for loss, a fumble recovery, nine interceptions and five pass breakups.

Senior defensive back Trent Sturgell was recognized for 48 tackles, four tackles for losses, three interceptions and eight pass breakups.

Also honored was senior outside linebacker Zach Wirgau with 59 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three sacks and one pass breakup, plus junior Jackson Miller and sophomores Michael Johnson and Stephen Shewan on the offensive line for sparking an offense that gained more than 3,200 total yards, including 360 per game.

Another first-team selection for Reed City is senior quarterback Derrick Rasor, who rushed for 46 yards and passed for 268 yards and six touchdowns.

Senior running back Phillip Jones was on the honorable mention list. He rushed 58 times for 741 yards, 12.8 per carry and nine touchdowns in eight game.