Reed City too much for Chippewa Hills in 40-0 win

Reed City’s Payton Hansen fights for running room. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REMUS — Reed City needed only the first half to score all of its points in a 40-0 Central State Activities Association Gold Division win over Chippewa Hills on Friday.

The Coyotes (5-0, 4-0) scored five touchdowns and five 2-point conversions to stop the Warriors (2-3, 2-2).

“It’s been a great rivalry,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “Our kids came out and played well, although not as well as I would have liked. I thought we er a little sloppy early in our execution, and didn’t play with the effort I hoped we would in a rivalry game. We played well enough to win and that’s all that matters.”

On the first play from scrimmage, Jackson Price on the quarterback keeper, sped 58 yards for the touchdown and Anthony Pelton ran in the extra point. Late in the first quarter, Payton Hansen ran 6 yards for the score with Phillip Jones-Price getting the 2 -point run.

The Warriors were putting together a good late-first quarter drive. But it was stalled on an illegal block penalty. Reed City was up 16-0 after the first quarter.

Jones-Price had touchdown runs of 47 and 21 yards in the second quarter and Price had a 33-yard scamper for six points.

Connor Agan, Price and Zach Wirgau had two-point conversion runs in the second quarter.

The entire second half was played under the running clock. The Warriors got to he Coyote 4 late in the game but couldn’t put it in.

“We always hang our hat on our defense,” Monty Price said. “We got the shutout with a bend but don’t break mentaility. We held them in check. I thought our No. 2 defense did well in the red zone and got that big stop to prevent them from scoring. I’m very pleased with our defensive play.z’

Jones-Price had nine rushes for 136 yards and Price had two for 91 yards.

Defensively, Brandon Major had seven tackles and two pass breakups, Cody W. Kailing had a fumble recovery, pass breakup and an interception that led to Reed City’s second-quarter touchdown and Stephen Shewan had six tackles, including three for losses, and a quarterback sack.

“We just came out, executed and won the game,” Kailing said. “The defense is fast, physical, slides to the ball and we don’t miss tackles.”

Warrior quarterbacks Dylan Sharp and Ty Jose combined for 82 passing yards. Trenton Wiggins rushed for 50 yards.

“We played a really good football team tonight,” Warrior senior Mitchell Kuzma said. “We learned a lot of things. We had some spurts where we played really good. In the end, they’re just a better football team.”

Reed City has beaten the Warriors nine straight times.

Both teams have their homecoming games next week: Reed City vs. Big Rapids and Chippewa Hills against Central Montcalm.

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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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