Repeat perfection

STAY WITH IT: Reed City's Ricky Droke comes up to make a tackle against White Cloud on Friday. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)
STAY WITH IT: Reed City's Ricky Droke comes up to make a tackle against White Cloud on Friday. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

Reed City finishes 9-0 for second straight season, clinches CSAA title outright

REED CITY -- It was similar to last season: Reed City winning its ninth game, finishing the season at 9-0 and taking the Central State Activities Association title for a second straight season. But there was something different about this 55-8 victory over winless White Cloud to end the regular season Friday night. Coach Monty Price and his staff put in some new wrinkles on offense including several wideouts in pass formation throughout the first half with quarterback Chad Samuels throwing the ball 11 times for eight completions and two touchdowns. “It’s indescribable, it’s the greatest feeling in the world,” senior linebacker Jordan Rolston said to back-to-back 9-0 regular seasons. “We came here and everybody played. We all had fun and everyone did what they were supposed to do.” “It’s a great feeling,” said Price. “To do it once is special. But to do it twice, we feel very privileged and grateful. We have a great group of kids. I can’t think of 30 young men that deserve it more than these guys.” “It’s tough going 9-0 one year,” said Samuels. “But two years in a row is something special. We worked hard in the weight room and the offseason. It’s an amazing feeling.” White Cloud showed some life several times on offense and defense but didn’t have the manpower. They started the game with 14 players and, due to injuries, wound up with 12. Price and his staff decided to try something new against the Indians. “We’ve been working on a little wrinkle in the spread and throwing the ball,” Price said. “We feel we have some athletes and a quarterback that can throw the ball pretty well and we can take advantage of that against teams in the playoffs. For putting it in for a week, I thought we looked pretty sound. We’ll keep working on it and see if it’s something we want to implement in the playoffs.” Josh Saez’s 5-yard run opened the scoring midway in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead. Reed City rattled off 28 unanswered points in the second quarter for a 35-0 halftime advantage. Samuels threw scoring passes of 63 and 46 yards to Eric Bradford and Saez. Bradford recovered a fumble and returned it 50 yards for six points. Mark Wcislo added a 15-yard touchdown run. Early in the third, Garrett Benson’s 3-yard run made it a 42-0 lead. The Indians posted eight points later on with freshman quarterback Bowman Seabrook running for a 3-yard score and passing for the two points. Reed City scored late in the third on Ryan Willis’ 1-yard run and late in the fourth on Elijah Quinn’s 4-yard scamper. “I thought they played great, we had 30 kids contribute to the victory,” Price said. “I’m very proud of them. They played their hearts out and got the W, are conference champs and are undefeated.” The Coyotes and the other state playoff qualifiers will find out Sunday night who they play in the first round of the playoffs either next Friday or Saturday. With a 9-0 record, it’s expected that the Coyotes will be home for the first round. “It’s all up to us now,” Price said. “Our fate is in our hands. We’ll have to go back to work and go after it. No matter who we play, it will be a solid team and we’ll have our work cut out for us.”
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REED CITY 55, WHITE CLOUD 8 WC 0 0 8 0 -- 8 RC 7 28 14 6 -- 55 First quarter
  • RC-Josh Saez 5 yd run (Droke kick), 5:34
Second quarter
  • RC-Chad Samuels 63 pass to Eric Bradford (Droke kick), 11:49
  • RC-Samuels 40 pass to Saez (Droke kick), 9:10
  • RC-Eric Bradford 50 yard fumble return (Droke kick), 3:58
  • RC-Wcislo 44 run (Droke kick), 1:36
Third quarter
  • RC-Garrett Benson 30 run (Droke kick), 10:01
  • WC-Seabrook 3 run (Seabrook pass to Tanner Frisbie), 4:28\
  • RC-Ryan Willis 1 run (Droke kick), 2:14.
Fourth quarter
  • RC-Elijah Quinn 4 run (kick fails), 4:21
Rushing Reed City: 28-201 (Willis 2-14, Benson 5-46, Saez 3-6, Rolston 2 -1, Samuels 4 -18 Jones 4-6, Wcislo 5-50, Simmons 2-16, Droke 1-39, Quinn 1-5.). White Cloud: 45-91 Passing Reed City: (Samuels 8-11-0-169). White Cloud: (Seabrook 1-5-0-5)