Undefeated Coyotes host Indians for homecoming

REED CITY — It’s homecoming week for the undefeated Reed City Coyotes who will go for their eighth win in a row when they host White Cloud Friday night in conference football action.

The Coyotes improved to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the Central State Activities Association after Friday’s 26-6 win at Chippewa Hills. They can clinch a tie for the CSAA crown with a win over White Cloud.

The regular season ends at Lakeview Oct. 21. By winning the next two games, Reed City would clinch the conference title outright.

White Cloud, coached by Ethan Wendell, did not field a team last season. This year, the Indians are 0-7 and have been outscored 329-32.

“I know they’re struggling to keep the program going,” said Reed City coach Monty Price. “I have to give coach Wendell a lot of credit. He’s gone through quite a lot of issues there.”

Regardless of Friday’s result, Price said he wants the team to maintain a letter of focus and intensity they need to be at this late in the season.

Price is like a lot of high school coaches during homecoming week, hoping his players can enjoy the activities but also mindful they need to focus at gametime like any other week.

The Coyotes don’t have anyone currently on the roster not able to play.

“We have some kids banged up, bruises here and there, sore ankles and stuff like that,” Price said. ‘They’re minor injuries. Our kids are persevering so we’re happy about that.”

Against Chippewa Hills, Reed City scored on the opening drive on an 8-yard run by Nate Kailing. It was a seven-minute drive and the only points of the first half.

In the third quarter, Kailing had a 2-yard run with 5:22 left in the period. Trent Sims had a 4-yard run later in the quarter for a 20-0 lead.

It was 26-0 in the fourth when Bradford ran in from 6 yards out. Ty Schafer’s 20-yard TD run for Chip Hills with 2:39 to play spoiled the Coyotes’ shutout bid.

Kailing gained 125 yards on 25 carries.

Sims had 60 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Michael Barton completed two passes for 19 yards, both to Sims.

We kept it going,” Barton said. “Our defense really stepped it up too, keeping it to six points.”

Barton indicated that after seven weeks into the season, the team is playing well, “but there are a lot of things we can do different. We need to stay focused. The only team that can beat us is ourselves.”

Against White Cloud, “you can’t take anyone likely,” Barton said. “You can’t underestimate your opponent.”