Reed City, Big Rapids gear up for rivalry football game

Big Rapids quarterback Aaron Repke (9) looks to move the ball upfield against Tri County on Friday, Sept. 8. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — Michigan State and Michigan will be squaring off this weekend in yet another chapter in the famed in-state football rivalry.

The Big Rapids area is home to several rival schools, two of which will be taking the field Friday as Big Rapids (3-3, 3-2)) hosts Reed City (5-1, 5-0)at Top Taggart Field this Friday.

“We treat this week like we would any other,” Cardinals coach Mike Selzer said. “Fans make a big deal of this game. It’s another step in the process of getting better each week. I think if you’re focused on the other team that you’re doing your team a disservice.

“We’re focused on cleaning up our mistakes. We won’t treat this week any differently.”

Reed City is coming off a 58-29 statement win over Chippewa Hills and Big Rapids a 35-0 shutout victory over Central Montcalm.

“We’re going to have to follow our reads,” Selzer said. “They (Reed City) don’t beat themselves. Their kids play all the way through the snap. We’re going to have to keep grinding on the field.”

Friday’s game will be the 67th meeting between the two schools since 1950, with Big Rapids leading the series 42-23-1. Recent history has been kind to the Coyotes, who have won seven consecutive games in the series.

“Our goal is to obviously win a conference championship,” Coyotes coach Monty Price said following the win over Chippewa Hills. “But there are still a couple steps in that journey. This is a huge rivalry game. They’ve got a lot of athletes and they’re a well-coached team. We’re going to have to be ready. We can’t let our confidence hurt us in the next couple of weeks.”

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