Reed City Forfeits Regional Final Against Freeland
Reed City announced Wednesday that it is forfeiting Saturday’s Division 5 regional game against Freeland due to COVID-19 concerns.
Central State Activities Association Gold Division champions, the Coyotes recorded their 11th straight winning campaign this year and end their season at 9-1.
Reed City High School released the following statement in regards to Saturday’s game:
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that our football season has come to an end. Numerous factors have contributed to this decision, lastly being that our team has been exposed to a probable positive case of COVID-19. With student and staff safety always being the first consideration, the undefeated and CSAA Gold Division champion will be required to quarantine its team members after close contact tracing was conducted. Reed City Area Public Schools and the Reed City Community are extremely proud of the effort and fortitude the players and coaches have displayed throughout this up and down season. Each time adversity confronted this team, they rose to the challenge and persevered with strength and dignity. While the current circumstance ending the season is disappointing for the players and their families, there is no doubt they are champions in every respect. Players and coaches can hold their heads high with Coyote Pride as they represented their team, their school, and their community throughout each and every game with the toughness and tenacity of a top caliber team.
We are proud of our coaching staff and players for gutting this season out. It was one of the most difficult seasons we have ever endured, and it will be one we will always remember.”
Freeland (8-1) will now face either Muskegon Oakridge (7-2) or Grand Rapids Catholic Central (8-0) in a state semifinal next week.