Seven straight is great! Coyotes rout Big Rapids

REED CITY — Reed City’s football team continued its recent dominance of Big Rapids and the Central State Activities Association Gold Division on Friday.

After the visiting Cardinals scored on their opening drive to take a 6-0 lead, the Coyotes scored the next 42 points en route to a 42-12 victory. It was Reed City’s 16th straight league victory and seventh consecutive over Big Rapids.

“Winning never gets old,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “It doesn’t matter who it is, it’s just a little extra special when its BR. Big rivalry, homecoming, senior night, parent night — put all that into perspective and it’s a big win for our kids and our community and our school. It was a good night of football.”

The Cardinals (3-4, 3-3 CSAA) had a fourth-and-1 on their own 19 leading 6-0 late in the first quarter. They lined up to punt, but the snap was high to punter Kyle Bewalda, who tried to run for the first down after leaping and catching the ball from going into the end zone during the snap.

Reed City (7-0, 6-0) took over on the Big Rapids 10, and Logan Straub bulldozed into the end zone from four yards out two plays later.

On the Coyotes’ next drive, Straub capped an eight-play, 40-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge.

Straub’s third touchdown, however, thwarted any thoughts of a comeback by Big Rapids. On second-and-16 with under two minutes remaining, Straub found a hole up the middle and dashed for a 66-yard score.

“We had a good first quarter and got to do some things offensively that we wanted to do,” Big Rapids coach Mike Selzer said. “We moved the ball well with our first drive scoring, then they made some good adjustments. But their kids are strong and Straub has done that all year long for them. I thought we had a lot of arm tackles, where if we would have gotten shoulders, we would have been in better position.”

Straub finished with 174 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries.

“I had the mindset that no one was going to stop me,” he said. “I just lowered my head, saw open lanes and gave it everything I had.”

Zach Wirgau carried six times for 68 yards and a score, while Phillip Jones rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown.

“We are going to take it one game at a time,” Price said. “Hopefully we can regroup and refocus. We have one more league game to put the league championship away — that’s goal No. 1. We are not worried about the playoffs right now because we have work to do in the regular season.”