CSAA honors Reed City football team

REED CITY — A team that wins seven straight Central State Activities Association football titles is going to receive a good share of accolades in postseason all-league honors.

This was the case again for the Reed City football team this fall.

Reed City had eight players named to the first team: Juniors Phillip Jones, Zack Wirgau, Stephen Shewan, Anthony Pelton, Jackson Price, Brandon Major and seniors Bryce Grannis and Jackson Miller. Parker Ward made the honorable mention list.

Jones a junior running back had 136 carries for 1,591 yards and 28 touchdowns with 11.7 yards per carry. He had three catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns. He had two kickoff returns of 74 and 80 yards for touchdowns and is a second-year varsity player.

“Phillip is a first-team all-state caliber player,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “Phillip had a record-breaking season and was unstoppable this year. Without question, he’s the most dangerous weapon in the area, and perhaps, in northern Michigan.”

Pelton is a junior offensive lineman.

“Anthony played tight end for us, but was really a lineman,” Price said. “We moved him to both sides and ran behind him a majority of the time. He is a devastating drive blocker, really good at second- and third-level blocks, and can set the edge on the outside run. He is very physical on the line of scrimmage. Our team rushed for 3,516 yards on the season.”

Miller is a senior offensive lineman

“Jackson played tackle for us,” Price said. “He is very physical and creates great vertical push on the line of scrimmage. He is a very smart player, fundamentally and technically sound, and executes blocks at a high efficiency.”

Wirgau is a junior outside linebacker with 53 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and two sacks.

“Zack is tough as nails on the edge for us,” Price said. “He’s a very physical player who dominated the league against kids much bigger than him. It was extremely tough for opponents offensively because they could not run at him.”

Shewan is a junior outside linebacker, who had 63 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and five sacks.

“Stephen is extremely fundamental and technically sound,” Price said. “He’s one of the smartest kids we have ever had the opportunity to coach.  When teams tried to run away from Zack, they had Stephen to deal with. He is equally talented. Stephen has the speed of a second-level player which creates challenges for the opponents.”

Phenix is a senior linebacker-defensive back who had 44 tackles including six for losses, one sack and one pass breakup. He’s a third-year varsity player.

“Jeffery was our most versatile defensive players,” Phenix said. “We used him almost everywhere throughout the year. He played defensive back, linebacker, and outside linebacker, and played them all well. Regardless of his position, he was one of our best defenders.”

Jackson Price is a junior defensive back and quarterback,

He had 33 rushes for 254 yards and two touchdowns and was 14-of-31 in passing for 271 yards and four scores. On defense, he had 30 tackles, five interceptions and nine pass breakups, plus one pick six.

“Jackson’s importance to our team can not be overstated,” Monty Price said. “He has been one of our most consistent players on both sides of the ball. He is a difference- maker on offense and has become one of the best DBs in the area.”

Grannis is a senior center, who gave his team key leadership on the offensive line.

Phillip Jones had an all-conference season.

Phillip Jones had an all-conference season.

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Posted by John Raffel

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

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