Coyotes down Tri County 54-6 for fourth straight win

Quarterback Jackson Price (1) finds running room for Reed City. (Pioneer photo/John Raffe)

REED CITY — Reed City celebrated a Homecoming football victory and remained undefeated in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division with a 54-6 win over Tri County on Friday.

The Coyotes fired out to a 30-0 lead after the first quarter and led 46-6 at halftime.

Reed City (4-1, 4-0) helped to set the stage for its showdown at home on Friday with Chippewa Hills (4-1, 4-0). The league title has come down between the two teams the past two seasons.

Tri County (0-5, 0-4) lost to Reed City 55-0 last season.

“I’m very well pleased with our overall performance,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “A lot of kids got a lot of reps tonight. I’m impressed. Every kid on the field played well and played hard. We executed for the most part. It was a great team win and a great team effort. We’re starting to find our groove. We have to keep it up.”

The Coyotes didn’t waste time in putting this one away, scoring three touchdowns on their first four offensive plays.

Jackson Price threw 32 yards for a touchdown to Phil Jones who later had a 76-yard scoring scamper. Price passed 59 yards to Preston Johnson and Jones had a 40-yard TD scamper for the four first-quarter touchdowns.

Reed City added two more scores in the third on Jones 51-yard run and Connor Agan’s 43-yard effort.

Jayson Johnson had an 8-yard run late in the game for the only second-half scoring. Tri County’s only score was midway in the second on Bryce Hallman’s 8-yard pass to Zane Zula.

“We had a great all around team effort,” junior linebacker Matt Bush said. “We played as a team, worked as a team. They couldn’t stop our run or pass.”

Reed City had 472 yards, led by Jones with 174 yards rushing, Nick Douglas with 83 yards and Connor Agan with 78 yards. Price passed for 97 yards. Jeffery Phenix had seven tackles and Bush had five.

“Going into Chippewa Hills, we feel really good,” Bush said. “We have a lot of confidence. We have to play as a team, don’t give up, play all out and execute all the time.”

“There’s no margin for error in this game,” Price said. “Just throw the records out. Both teams are talented. I have a great deal of respect for the Chippewa Hills coaching staff. They’ll have their kids ready. They have some dangerous weapons. It’s going to be a battle royal. The team that has makes the fewest mistakes will have the best chance to win.”

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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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