Reed City wins another district title
REED CITY — The Reed City football team outscored Clare 20-0 in the second half on its way to a 34-7 victory in the Division 5 district championship game Friday night.
The win gives Reed City its second consecutive district title.
“Hats off to Clare,” head coach Monty Price said. “They’re a heckuva football team. They’ve got athletes everywhere. We’re district champs; this was a statement win for the history of Reed City football. This was a huge victory for us.”
The Coyotes totaled over 460 yards of offense, including 453 on the ground. Philip Jones continued his stellar play with 25 carries for 279 yards and two touchdowns. Zach Wirgau had 17 carries for 80 yards and Brandon Major added 42 yards on three carries and a touchdown.
Quarterback Jackson Price tallied six carries for 36 yards and a touchdown and Connor Agan added five carries for 35 yards and one touchdown.
Reed City (10-1), winners of 10 straight games, is home and faces Menominee (8-3) at 6 p.m. on Saturday in the regional title game for a rematch from last season when the Maroons won 40-14.
The Coyotes struck first with a Major touchdown run late in the first quarter to go up 8-0. Clare responded in the second quarter with a 9-yard touchdown pass to make it 8-7 with seven minutes to go in the half.
A 32-yard Jackson Price touchdown run gave the Coyotes a 14-7 lead heading into halftime.
From there, the Coyotes never looked back.
Jones scored his two touchdown runs in the third quarter as the offensive line imposed its will over the Clare defense. Agan added a short touchdown run in the fourth finish the game’s scoring.
“We really just challenged our offensive line,” Price said. “We knew we were wearing on them, but we weren’t getting the lead we needed. We called on our tight end (Anthony) Pelton and he rose up. He took over the game and said ‘run behind me.’ We ran behind him and the rest of the line and the rest was history.”
For the second week in a row, the Coyotes faced a potent offensive attack in Clare. The Pioneers routed Chippewa Hills 47-7 in the district opener. Reed City held Clare to less than 100 total yards of offense.
“We had a plan to have seven in the box and a plan to have six in the box,” Price said. “We were hoping that if we can stop the run with six in a box, we can play the pass better and cover their athletes. Those six d-linemen were great. Our linebackers were on their reads and disciplined.”