Coyote football adjusts 2015 schedule

COYOTES: Reed City coach Monty Price (middle) and his players are preparing for a schedule in 2015 that will include McBain. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

COYOTES: Reed City coach Monty Price (middle) and his players are preparing for a schedule in 2015 that will include McBain. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Reed City’s football schedule will take on some slightly new looks in future seasons as the four-time defending Central State Activities Association champions bid to continue their league dominance.

For the second straight season, Reed City will compete in the CSAA’s seven-team Gold Division. It will be an eight-team division in 2016 with the addition of Fremont. Fremont is a Class B school.

This year, Reed City will have three nonleague games: at Baldwin on Week 1, at Grandville Calvin Christian Week 4 and home against McBain Week 9 to close out the regular season.

McBain replaces Schoolcraft on the schedule. The Coyotes played at Schoolcraft last season with a one-year deal. This year will be the second of two-year scheduling deals with Baldwin and Calvin Christian.

“With Fremont coming in (2016), we will not play Calvin Christian again,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “Baldwin is a two-year deal and we’ll re-evaluate whether we want a contract with them again.”

McBain is a Class C school and a member of the Highland Conference.

“We got lucky because there weren’t many options, and McBain kind of fell into our laps,” Price said. “They’re close. We would prefer to play Class B schools, but they’re a strong program and have had great success in the past. We’re excited about that opportunity to get somebody nearby because there weren’t many options that didn’t entail travel to the Detroit area.”

Schoolcraft had to drop Reed City from its schedule because of conference realignment.

“We were hoping we’d get a couple of years with Schoolcraft,” Price said. “But its league changed. It was by necessity, not by design.”

Five of the Coyotes’ first six games are on the road. Their final three regular-season contests are at home.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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