Reed City’s defense shines in 50-7 win over Grant

Reed City’s Zach Wirgau fights for yardage against Grant. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — It was a battle of two undefeated Central State Activities Association Gold Division football teams who were in their second week of league action.

But it was no contest.

Reed City (3-0, 2-0) bolted out to a 30-0 halftime lead and defeated Grant 50-7 (2-1, 1-1) on Friday.

Grant had zero offensive yards in the first half.

The Coyotes scored twice in the first quarter on runs of 24 yards by quarterback Jackson Price and 9 yards by running back Phillip Jones-Price, who also scored midway in the second quarter on an 8-yard scamper for a 22-0 lead.

Reed City had a drive inside the Grant 5-yard line which stalled. But Stephen Shewan sacked Grant quarterback Chase Lowery in the end zone for a 24-0 lead. Jones-Price had a 7-yard scoring run late in the half for the 30-point lead.

Reed City built a 43-0 lead after the third quarter on touchdown runs of 11 and 5 yards by Jones-Price and Zach Wirgau. Brendan Ruppert added a 2-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

Lowery passed 32 yards to Billy Ostyn for a Grant touchdown late in the game.

“I thought it went well,” Wirgau said “The defense played lights out. The offense was a little shaky at the beginning.”

Reed City had 412 rushing yards.

“We had a 30-0 halftime lead but I was a little disappointed with our offense,” coach Monty Price said. “I didn’t think we were rising to the challenge in executing at a high level like we should. We challenged our offense and came out much better in the second half from an execution standpoint.”

Price-Jones gained 165 yards on 15 carries. Payton Hanson had 70 yards on five carries. Wirgau had 11 attempts for 60 yards and Jackson Price three for 42 yards. Price had four pass completions for 73 yards.

Shewan had the safety and a tackle for loss. Brandon Major had four tackles with two for losses and two pass breakups. Price intercepted two passes.

“Tonight, it was all about the defense,” Monty Price said. “I thought the defense played lights out football and we came out with a big win. From a defensive scheme standpoint, all 11 were playing good football. Our D line was building a wall at the line of scrimmage, allowing our linebackers to roam free and make plays against the run. Our secondary had a couple of picks. We forced some turnovers. We were playing good football as a unit. That’s what it’s all about defensively to have success. All 11 have to play together. I’m very pleased with our defense.”

Grant netted 7 yards rushing and 57 passing for the game.

“On offense, it was we were not thick on our blocks,” Price said. “We have to be thick with our blocks and maintain it to the whistle. We didn’t do that as well as I would have liked to in the first half. But when you’re ahead 30-0, it’s tough to be real upset.”

Reed City plays at Tri County on Friday.

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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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