Reed City set to battle Chip Hills for CSAA title

REED CITY — An impressive victory on the road has the Reed City Coyotes ready to take dead aim at the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division title Friday night when they play at Chippewa Hills.

Both teams are 6-1 with the only loss being in the league.

Against Central Montcalm, Reed City took a 36-0 lead into halftime as the Hornets added a score in the third and two in the fourth to fall short at 36-18.

The Coyotes had 42 carries for 365 yards with Andre Jones rushing for 94 yards and two touchdowns, and adding a catch for a 53-yard score. Jon Green chipped in 185 yards and two scores rushing and Nolan Patterson went 2-for-3 for 73 yards and a touchdown through the air.

“I was very pleased with our team's effort and focus,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “I think our first half against Central Montcalm was the best half we've played all year. There really wasn't anything we did (exclusively) well. We just executed well on both sides of the ball and jumped out to a 36-0 lead, which is how you want to draw it up every week.”

Taylor Pelton led the defense with nine tackles, while T.J. Patterson and Patrick Jobes each added eight apiece.

“We were very pleased. It was such a big game on the road,” Price said. “Our kids showed up with great intensity and played a great half of football.”

It doesn't get easier this week.

“Chip Hills is playing very good football,” Price said. “Coach (Larry) Jose has them going in the right direction. They're doing some great things and playing tremendous defense. We'll have our hands full. Going on the road doesn't make it easy."

Chippewa Hills' only loss has been to Central Montcalm. Reed City's only setback has been to Newaygo.

The Coyotes have clinched a playoff spot with six wins. Their regular-season finale is Oct. 24 at Schoolcraft.

Sportswriter Daine Pavloski contributed to this report.