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BREAKING FREE: Reed City's Jordan Straub breaks a tackle and picks up big yards against Newaygo during Friday night's football contest at Reed City High School. (Herald Review photo/Bob Allan)
BREAKING FREE: Reed City’s Jordan Straub breaks a tackle and picks up big yards against Newaygo during Friday night’s football contest at Reed City High School. (Herald Review photo/Bob Allan)

Reed City takes control of CSAA with win in battle of league unbeatens

REED CITY — The Reed City football team knows how nice it is to be on top of the mountain. The Coyotes also know there is still plenty of work to be done. Reed City used a fast start to knock off Newaygo, 35-7, in a contest of the only unbeaten teams remaining in the Central State Activities Association. The Coyotes are now 4-0 in the league, while the Lions are 3-1. “We are on top right now, but there is still a lot of season left,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “There are a lot of solid football teams in our future. We have to be ready to go back to work on Monday.” About the only thing that didn’t go right for Reed City was the coin flip — Price wanted to win the flip and defer to the second half. Instead, Newaygo won the flip and deferred. That proved to be good news for the Coyotes. On just the second play from scrimmage,Jonathan Green raced 60 yards for a Reed City touchdown. The Lions fumbled the ball on their second play, which the Coyotes capitalized on three plays later on a 25-yard jaunt by Green. The sophomore rushed for 144 yards on just 12 carries and three touchdowns. “The linemen did a good job of picking up their blocks and I just out-raced them,” Green said. Reed City would take a 21-0 lead into halftime as Jordan Straub was able to break a few tackles and score from the 10-yard line seven seconds into the second quarter. The rest was up to the Coyotes defense, which allowed just 39 yards on 21 plays in the first half. Newaygo amassed 176 yards for the contest. “Quite honestly, we had a couple of different game plans defensively in place in case the first one didn’t work out,” Price said. “But we just used our base defense every single down. It came down to execution.” Green scored his third touchdown of the game with 14 seconds remaining in the third quarter on a 13-yard run to give the Coyotes a 28-0 lead. The Lions would get on the board midway through the fourth quarter on a 47-yard run by Zachary Knight. Reed City concluded the scoring on a 5-yard run by Travis French after Newaygo fumbled a punt at its own 8-yard line. The Coyotes will look to continue their perfect season Friday when they travel to Lakeview. “We have to take it one game at a time,” Green said. “Newaygo thought they could come in here and take control of the conference, but the conference is ours.”
REED CITY 35, NEWAYGO 7 N 0 0 0 7 — 7 RC 14 7 7 7 — 35 Scoring First quarter RC — Jonathan Green 60 run (Ricky Droke kick), 11:21 RC — Green 25 run (Droke kick) 9:32 Second quarter RC — Jordan Straub 10 run (Droke kick), 11:53 Third quarter RC — Green 13 run (Droke kick), :14 Fourth quarter N — Zachary Knight 47 run (Max Harrington kick), 6:40 RC — Travis French 5 run (Droke kick), 2:43   Statistics Rushing: Newaygo 40-115 (Weston Butler 6-(-4), Bret Korytkowski 9-28, Heath Harrington 8-8, Knight 1-5, Brandon Foster 2-1, Max Harrington 5-15, Auston Bouwer 2-5, James Johnson 2-13, Derrick Morsaw 1-2). Reed City: 42-264 (Garrett Benson 9-51, Green 12-144, Straub 8-55, Chad Samuels 2-(-11), Josh Saez 4-7, French 3-8, Paris Jones 4-10). Passing: Newaygo 3-9-1-61 (Butler 3-9-1-61). Reed City 1-3-0-38 (Samuesl 1-3-0-38). Receiving: Newaygo (Connor Bradley 1-15, H. Harrington 1-29, M. Harrington 1-17). Reed City (Benson 1-38).