The Reed City Coyotes hosted the Kingsford Flivvers on Saturday with a berth to the district finals on the line. A second half shutout carried the Coyotes to victory by a final tally of 32-14.
Reed City led 16-8 after two first quarter touchdowns. Kingsford would respond with the only score in the second quarter to draw within two points, 16-14, as the teams broke for halftime. In the second half, Reed City scored two touchdowns and paired them with two conversions to extend their lead to the final score of 32-14
As is the usual with Coach Scott Shankel’s bunch, the Coyotes had tremendous success rushing the football. They turned 55 carries into 358 yards on the ground. Noah Jones led the way with fifteen carries for 159 yards and three touchdowns. Landon Tomaski added 101 yards on his eighteen carries. Payton Hansen rounded out the powerful rushing trio with ten carries for 91 yards.
Isaac Williams was effective throwing the ball, completing all three of his pass attempts. He piled up seventy-two yards, including a twenty-six yard touchdown to Seth Jackson.
Defensively, the Coyotes held Kingsford to 199 total yards of offense, including 79 on the ground. Teddy Cross led the team with eight tackles, while Payton Hansen added seven.
Next week, the Coyotes are back at home with the district title on the line. They will host #2 seed Kingsley, who is also undefeated in 2020. The Stags dominated Gladwin 62-14 in their district semifinal. This will be the third all-time meeting between the two schools. Reed City won the 2007 season opener by a score of 35-0. In last year’s playoff opener, Kingsley won 48-36 in a shootout.