Reed City football finishes off Grant 28-7

PICKING UP YARDS: Reed City’s Zach Wirgau (7) fights for running room against Grant. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

PICKING UP YARDS: Reed City’s Zach Wirgau (7) fights for running room against Grant. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Reed City football coach Monty Price said he’s never been involved in a situation like he was on Saturday.

But considering the Coyotes (3-0, 4-0) finished off Grant (2-1, 3-1) with a 28-7 Central State Activities Association Gold Division victory, he probably didn’t mind.

Reed City was up 22-7 early in the third quarter on Friday when the game was called because of several lightning sightings.

It was resumed Saturday afternoon. There was no scoring on Saturday until late in the fourth quarter when the Coyotes notched a clinching touchdown.

“We left more points on the field in two days than we scored,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “I thought we left three on the board (Friday night) and two (Saturday). That’s a lot of offense. I was a little disappointed in that. We had some penalties that weren’t like us. There were mental errors with penalties, missed assignments and a lack of execution. It must have been the weather, I don’t know.”

The Coyote rushing attacked grounded out 393 total yards. Zach Wirgau had 165 yards on 18 carries and Logan Straub covered 161 yards for two touchdowns.

“We left points on the field and you can’t do that, especially with our offense,” Price said. “We have to put guys together and put it in. But our defense, after their first drive, they played lights out.”

Grant scored on its first possession in the first quarter, but the Coyotes blanked the Tigers the rest of the way and led 8-7 after the first quarter.

“They scored on four or five plays and were in the end zone,” Price said. “We missed a tackle on a pass play and that was it. Our biggest adjustment was tackling better and executing our assignments and playing over tackle the ball rather than playing underneath it.”

Straub scored two touchdowns and Phillip Jones had one in the first half.

The final touchdown came in the fourth on Derrick Rasor’s right-side keeper on fourth down. He just was able to get the ball across the goalline despite a heated argument from Grant’s coaching staff that his knee hit the ground first.

“(Grant coach Darren) Geraghty has really done a lot of good things with those kids,” Price said. “They’re young and they have a lot of juniors playing, while we have a lot of sophomores. They have some big physical kids. I was impressed with that group. They’re tough. I thought we won the physical battle for sure.”

Reed City forced four turnovers. Straub led the defense with eight tackles and a fumble recovery. Charles Elliott had seven tackles. Rasor and Brandon Evans had interceptions. Damion Stinton also had a fumble recovery.

“I was just hoping we’d get our kids up and out of bed and here on time,” Price said. “I’ve never been a part of a situation like this. I’ve never played one game in two days. This was weird. I could tell our kids felt weird about it. I know I did. We have to get the game in the varsity level.”

“It was a little different,” Elliott said. “We had a lot of time to rest. It feels weird being out here (in the afternoon) trying to finish up a game. We held together and did very good.”

“I’m happy with the win,” Price said. “Our kids played tough. They overcame the adversity with the weather. There were more injuries this week than we had all year. We had some kids step up. Parker Ward had to come in at tight end and did a good job for us. Charles Elliott had to come in for linebacker for (Jeff Phenix) and played really good. The kids stepped up and played good football.”

Reed City is at Tri County on Friday in CSAA action.

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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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