REMUS \u2014 Players and coaches on Reed City\u2019s and Chippewa Hills\u2019 sidelines held their breaths as the referees called for a measurement after a fourth-and-6 play late in the fourth quarter. When a first down was signaled, it was the Coyotes\u2019 sideline that erupted. Logan Straub picked up the first down by inches, and two plays later, he bulldozed into the end zone from a yard out to give Reed City a 12-8 lead with just over three minutes remaining. \u00a0The Warriors had two more possessions with a chance to take the lead, but Brandon Evans and Phillip Jones each had an interception to close out the Coyotes\u2019 15th straight Central State Activities Association victory. \u201cIt was unexplainable,\u201d Reed City coach Monty Price of the team\u2019s sideline after getting that key first down. \u201cOur kids just have a lot of grit. Chip had us and could have put us away, but our kids had a lot of grit. They fight like crazy. I knew they would get up to the challenge. That is a dang good Chippewa Hills football team, but great teams rise to the occasion, and our guys did.\u201d Straub\u2019s touchdown run capped a 21-play, 11-minute drive that began in the third quarter at the Coyotes\u2019 20. Chippewa Hills (5-1, 4-1 CSAA Gold) drove down to the Reed City 19 on the ensuing drive, but Evans picked off a Cade Schafer pass in the end zone for a touchback with just over two minutes to play. \u00a0Reed City (6-0, 5-0), however, fumbled on the next play and Chippewa Hills recovered on the Coyotes\u2019 20. Phillips, though, intercepted a DJ Lowery pass two plays later and Reed City was able to run out the clock. \u201cThat was huge,\u201d Straub said of the interceptions, \u201cabsolutely huge. \u201cThat is what won us the game right there. The defense locked down and we pulled it off.\u201d Chippewa Hills\u2019 offense struggled to sustain any drives throughout the game in a constant rain. It also did not get many opportunities, with Reed City having two drives that lasting more than 10 minutes. \u00a0\u201cThis is one I have to go back and watch film,\u201d Chippewa Hills coach Larry Jose said. \u201cI think our mistakes early on\u00a0\u2014\u00a0some mental and some physical offensively\u00a0\u2014\u00a0definitely just threw us off. Credit goes to them being able to keep the ball 9-10 minutes at a time per drive and do what they do. \u201cAt one point, we had four plays of offense halfway through the second quarter. It\u2019s hard to get in a rhythm, and that is what reed city does. We had our opportunities and we just didn\u2019t get it done.\u201d \u00a0A fumble recovery led to the Warriors\u2019 lone touchdown late in the third quarter. They took over on Reed City\u2019s 43 and drove to the 14 on six straight carries by David Spedowski. An 8-yard pass from Schafer to Spencer Mackenzie on fourth-and-2 bookended the drive. \u00a0Straub opened the scoring on a 41-yard touchdown run at the 6:06 mark of the second quarter. He finished with 141 yards and 24 carries. The Coyotes are in the driver\u2019s seat for a sixth straight conference title. \u201cWe just beat a heck of a football team,\u201d Price said. \u201cI think that speaks volumes about our kids. We are going to celebrate tonight, have fun on the weekend and try and get a little bit healthy. This doesn\u2019t make our season, we still have to get back to work and figure out a way to beat Big Rapids.\u201d Jose said Friday\u2019s game will make the Warriors better. \u201cEvery game, even if you lose or don\u2019t do well, it exposes your weaknesses,\u201d he said. \u201cYou go back and you fix them. Sometimes its personnel, sometimes its execution, sometimes it\u2019s your gameplan. We have the opportunity to possibly play them again in a few weeks (in the playoffs), and I hope that happens.\u201d Big Rapids plays this Friday at Reed City for the Coyotes\u2019 homecoming. Big Rapids has won scored two straight touchdowns in the fourth quarter to defeat Central Montcalm 24-18 on Friday. The Hornets returned an interceptions for a score early in the fourth quarter for a 16-8 lead, but Dorian Martin had touchdown runs of 28 and 4 yards to give the Cardinals their third win of the season. Martin ran for 209 yards and three scores, while Avery Montgomery had 92 yards on 19 carries.