Root reflects on banner Reed City football season

REED CITY — A 10-1 football season produces many memorable games.

For Seth Root and the Reed City Coyotes, one game they won’t soon forget was a 50-27 playoff win over Manistee, the 10th win of the season.

“We started off a little slow but picked it up,” Root said.

Defensively, he had a key tackle for a loss on fourth down.

“They came out and surprised us,” Root said, “adding that the key behind the 10-0 start was “practice and the coaches know what they’re doing. The coaches play a huge part in this.”

Root, a senior offensive lineman and all-Central State Activities Association Gold Division performer, “was responsible for almost 4,000 yards during the regular season,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “He was a physical, punishing lineman and dominant run blocker.”

Root said he couldn’t pick between offense or defense on his best position. He noted that he’s been following the ball well on defense.

Going into the district title game with Grand Rapids West Catholic, Root knew what was at stake.

“We’re all ready, we’re hungry for it,” he said.

The Coyotes were up 14-7 at halftime but lost 21-14 to the two-time defending state champs. West Catholic went on to beat Menominee and Lansing Catholic and is playing in the Division 5 title game on Saturday.