Reed City wide receiver looking for a strong finish


REED CITY — Michael Gilmurray is among the several seniors on the Reed City football team looking for a strong finish to their career.

The Coyotes, 7-1, take a trip to Schoolcraft Friday night to end the regular season.

Reed City will enter the playoffs next week.

A key highlight for Gilmurray this season came in the Big Rapids game, a 56-20 victory. He caught a 30-yard scoring pass from quarterback Nolan Patterson.

“He’s certainly a kid that can come in and get the job done,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “We feel confident we can throw to him. He’s done a wonderful job blocking as well. He’s always playing as hard as he can.”

The Coyotes have relied basically this season on the run game, but Gilmurray and his teammates have shown the potential of the passing attack. He and the other wide receiver also have been delivering key blocks for the running attack

Gilmurray has been looking at using his hands and speed as a strength when it comes to catching the ball. It’s his first year as a receiver. He has played fullback in the past.

Working at “getting better” was the key going into the Central Montcalm game, Gilmurray said.

While the Coyotes would prefer being 8-0, Gilmurray and others are hoping the setback to Newaygo in the third week of the season will continue to motivate the team to keep improving and avoid the second loss. That loss ended a 31-game regular season winning streak.