The Road to Ford Field: Reed City One Win Away from 1st State Final

This is the second in a four-part series profiling the remaining four area high school football programs and their journey towards a state championship.

REED CITY – With just two weeks left in the high school football season in Michigan, Reed City finds itself in unfamiliar territory.

With a spot in the state finals on the line, Reed City (11-1) will clash with Saginaw Swan Valley (11-1) in a Division 5 state semifinal. The two sides will meet at Greenville High School on Saturday.

The Coyotes secured their first regional championship in program history with a 46-34 win over Menominee last Saturday, in a game where both offenses were clicking. Through 12 games this fall, Reed City has outscored opponents 532-188 and allowed only 15 points combined in district wins over Grayling and Clare.

“It’s exciting,” Reed City senior Jackson Miller said. “It’s been a dream for like a really long time and to come this far, we’ve been dreaming about it since rocket football. So, we’ve come a lot ways.”

Reed City has been building for this moment for the better part of the last decade, having won seven straight Central State Activities Association championships and posting a 71-9 record during that stretch.

“We’ve been looking forward to it for a really long time,” Reed City senior Parker Ward said. “This year we’re doing really well because our coach and our team has just been really coming together and we’ve been playing as a group really well.”

With four state semifinal appearances since 2006 to its credit, Swan Valley has posted 10 consecutive winning seasons and handed Muskegon Oakridge a 48-14 loss last Saturday to claim its first regional championship since 2012. Winners of the Tri-Valley Conference Central, the Vikings also rolled to wins over Bridgeport (59-22) and Carrollton (42-7) this postseason and have outscored opponents 478-215 this fall.

Like Reed City, Swan Valley has won 11 straight entering Saturday’s game, with their lone loss coming to Zeeland East (44-14) in the season opener.

The winner of Saturday’s game will face either defending state champion Grand Rapids West Catholic (10-2) or Frankenmuth (12-0) at Ford Field in Detroit on Saturday, Nov. 25.

Saturday’s kickoff in Greenville is slated for 1 p.m.

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