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REED CITY — History was on Montague’s side entering Friday night’s Division 6 first-round playoff football game against host Reed City.
The Wildcats had won 11 of 12 all-time matchups with the Coyotes entering the contest.
Looks like Reed City was ready to rewrite some of that history. The Coyotes overpowered Montague at Alumni Field, 44-15, and advance to next week’s district final game.
In the process, Reed City avenged last year’s 35-22 district finals loss to Montague on the Coyotes’ home field.
Reed City (9-1) will host Muskegon Catholic Central (8-2) in next week’s district championship. MCC defeated Kent City, 42-14, in a first-round game.
Montague finishes its season with a 3-7 record.
Here are notables and more details from the Montague-Reed City game:
- Reed City’s wing-T offense was tough for Montague to stop. The Coyotes converted many third-down opportunities thanks to a great push by the offensive line and downhill running from three backs.
- Reed City dominated the first half, scoring 24 points while holding Montague scoreless.
- Bryson Hughes was a strong downhill runner out of the backfield for the Coyotes, rushing for 186 yards on 27 carries.
- Senior running back John Ondrus was a threat running the ball out wide for the Coyotes, rushing for 185 yards of his own.
- Montague senior quarterback Chase Gowell tried to bring his team back, throwing several passes right on the money to march down the field and score in the second half. He threw for 175 yards and a touchdown.
- Adam Baird found some success on the ground for the Wildcats, rushing for 59 yards on 14 carries.
- No other details were available or submitted.
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