Reed City, Menominee to Meet with History on the Line
REED CITY – For the second straight year, Reed City finds itself just one win away from securing its first regional. And for the second straight year, Menominee stands between the Coyotes and history.
Reed City (10-1) will host Menominee Saturday evening with a Division 5 regional title and a spot in a state semifinal on the line.
“To win up front is going to be everything,” junior Stephen Shewan said. “They’re a running team. We’re a running team. Whoever can run the ball better is going to, I think, take the win on this one.”
The Coyotes have won 10 straight since an opening-week loss to Montague and are in the playoffs for the 12th time in 14 years.
Winners of the Central State Activities Association Gold division, Reed City rolled past a pair of quality air attack teams in Grayling (54-8) and Clare (34-7) en route to another district championship.
“This is the best ball that we’ve ever played,” junior Michael Johnson said. “We’ve definitely come to our full potential, I feel like.”
Menominee got the best of Reed City a year ago, winning 40-14.
“We’re looking forward to the opportunity again,” Price said. “We’re hoping we can compete at a little different level than we did last year.”
As for Saturday’s opponent, the Maroons (8-3) last missed the postseason in 1995 and are the reigning Division 5 state runner-up. Menominee rallied for wins over Hancock (36-26) and Kingsford (24-21) to win a district title and lead the all-time series with Reed City at 2-0.
Saturday’s kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.