REED CITY — Kyle Wright, like the rest of his Reed City football teammates, was confident late last week of success against Muskegon Oakridge in the district finals Friday night.

“Staying focused and execution and just working hard” was the theme for the Coyotes going into Friday’s game with Oakridge, Wright noted.

But Oakridge would sneak out a heartbreaking 22-20 win over the Coyotes.

Wright, a senior tight end and outside linebacker, noted that practices during playoff time weren’t quite the same as during the regular season.

“It’s lot more intense,” he said. “Coaches try to get under your skin a little more and see if you can break under pressure. It makes it more fun.”

The Coyotes started the playoff season with a 49-7 win over Clare.

“They’re a really good team but we executed very well and we practiced good all week and hard,” Wright said. “We were just physical.”

Wright and the Coyotes had realized going into the Oakridge game that it wouldn’t be easy.

“They’re a really good team. They’re such a solid program,” Wright said. “We just need to play our game. We feel that we’re a really good team too.”

Wright has been happy with his own football efforts this season.

“I’m playing more intense, more physical as the season has gone on,” he said.

Playing at Reed City the two two weeks for the playoffs was a bonus, Wright noted.

“We love playing in front of our crowd and community,” Wright said last week. “There’s been a lot of buzz (about Reed City football). We’ve been focused. We were here last year.

“We knew we did wrong. We’re trying to make up for that this year.”

Their efforts fell short, but at 10-1, it was still quite a season.