Reed City stops Holton, prepares for Newaygo showdown

Reed City defensive back Chad Samuels (3) breaks up a pass intended for Holton's Brad Epplett last Friday. (Herald photo/Greg Buckner)
Reed City defensive back Chad Samuels (3) breaks up a pass intended for Holton’s Brad Epplett last Friday. (Herald photo/Greg Buckner)

REED CITY — When a football team piles up close to 600 yards of total offense, chances are good that team will come away with a win.

That was true last Friday night for the Reed City Coyotes as they amassed 597 yards of total offense and forced four turnovers on defense in a dominating 52-32 victory over CSAA foe Holton to improve to 3-0 and set up a big early-season matchup at 3-0 Newaygo Friday.

“This is a very big week for us,” said Reed City coach Monty Price. “We will have to be at our best as Newaygo is very good.”

Price said he was pleased with the all-around performance he got from his team Friday against a Holton team that was able to put some points on the board against the Coyotes.

“I’m very happy with our play (Friday),” he said. “I have to give a lot of credit to Holton. They have a couple great athletes and they are physical and have some great size. They have great offense schemes that are tough to defend and they’re strong against everybody, so I’m not ashamed at all that they scored 32 (points).

“They’re tough,” he continued. “I’m just very pleased that our kids overcame all of the adversity and ended up getting a W and putting 52 points on the board and that’s all that counts.”

The Coyotes racked up 440 yards on the ground and had another 157 through the air and Reed City senior running back/defensive back Paris Jones said when the Coyotes get things going on offense, there’s not many teams that can stop them.

“The dominance is always there,” he said. “Once we believe in ourselves, we can’t be stopped. Once we put our mind to it, anything is possible.”

Reed City struck first in the contest when senior quarterback Chad Samuels ripped off a 10-yard touchdown run with 5:49 left in the first quarter to give the Coyotes a 7-0 lead.

Holton answered back though with a 47-yard touchdown pass from Hayden Cregg to Brad Epplett on a fourth-down play to take an 8-7 lead after Epplett converted a two-point conversion run.

The lead didn’t last long as Reed City’s Jon Green broke away for a 55-yard touchdown run with 3:16 left in the first to put the Coyotes back up, 14-8, before Reed City came right back with a five-yard touchdown scamper by Samuels with 52.8 left in the opening quarter to head into the second quarter with a 21-8 advantage.

Green got back in the endzone with 7:50 left before the half with a four-yard touchdown run to increase the Coyote lead to 27-8 before Holton answered back with a 65-yard fumble return for touchdown from Epplett with 3:27 before the half to trim the lead to 27-14.

The Coyotes tacked on two more scores before the half on a one-yard touchdown plunge from Paris Jones with 1:32 left and a 38-yard touchdown connection between Samuels and Josh Saez with 36.2 left before the half to take a 39-14 advantage into halftime.

Reed City started the third quarter with a bang when Green broke free for a 39-yard touchdown run to push the Coyotes’ lead to 46-14. Holton fired back with a one-yard touchdown plunge from Cregg with 3:22 left in the third, but Reed City came right back with a one-yard touchdown run from Andre Jones with 10:55 left in the fourth quarter to stretch the lead to 55-20.

Holton tacked on two more scores in the fourth quarter, with one-yard touchdown runs from both Cregg and Tirzo Angiano, but the Coyotes came away with the 52-32 victory.

Offensively, Green led the Coyotes with 241 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries while Samuels had 68 yards and two scores on 13 rushes while also going 6-of-8 through the air for 157 yards a touchdown and an interception.

Saez recorded three receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown while also leading the Coyotes’ defense with seven tackles.

The victory sets up a big early-season matchup next Friday between Reed City (3-0, 3-0) and a Newaygo (3-0, 3-0) team that knocked the Coyotes out of the playoffs last season.

“It’s big for us,” Paris Jones said of the upcoming game. “Revenge is coming.”