Undefeated Coyotes set for showdown with Chippewa Hills

HOWARD CITY — Reed City’s football team continued its run of dominant play in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division on Friday.

The Coyotes (5-0, 4-0 CSAA) cruised to a 42-0 halftime lead and posted a 55-0 victory over host Tri County.

“We got the ‘W,’” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “That’s what we came here for. The kids played good. We left a few points on the board with a few turnovers, but overall, pretty good.”

Quarterback Derrick Rasor connected with Trent Sturgell for an 11-yard touchdown on the Coyotes’ opening drive. Reed City’s run game then took over, rushing for five more touchdowns in the first half.

Phillip Jones had two — a 76 and 27-yarder. He finished with three carries for 111 yards.

“It definitely feels amazing putting points on the board and celebrating with the team,” Jones said. “It felt good getting out to a good lead.”

Zach Wirgau, Eli Shoemaker, Brandon Major, Jayson Johnson and Jett White also ran for scores. Charles Elliott had a team-high nine tackles, while Rasor and Brandon Evans each had an interception.

“We came out and executed the way we wanted to,” Jones said. “We stepped it up in the second quarter.”

Price said the team accomplished what it needed to as it prepares for next week’s conference showdown at Chippewa Hills. Both teams are 5-0 and have yet to play a close game. The Warriors’ will be the Coyotes’ toughest test this season as they search for a sixth straight CSAA title.

“Chip Hills looks really, really good,” Price said. “We’re going to have to work really hard. It’s a new season. They look like a machine right now. We are going to have to play really well, going to have to work really hard. But my kids are up for the challenge. I think they will come together and I think we will have a great week and will give them everything we got.”