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Reed City Looks to Keep Rolling in Regional Championship

REED CITY – The Reed City Coyotes have scored 40 or more points in nine of their 11 games this season.

They scored 30 points in the second half of last Friday’s rainy 36-7 district championship win over Muskegon Catholic Central.

Reed City looks to keep rolling at regionals this Saturday but a storied Millington program stand in its way.

Millington is in the MHSAA playoffs for a 19th consecutive season.

Snow and wind are in the forecast for Saturday’s showdown, but Reed City and Millington have both shown great rushing attacks this season.

Reed City senior Caleb Hetrick said that after the district championship game, the weather conditions don’t phase him one bit.

“Last week was pretty rough. It was a monsoon out there,” said Hetrick. “The field — it’s in pretty rough shape. We were all filthy at the end of that one. But if we can continue to run the ball in that then I’m sure we can run the ball in anything.”

Head coach Scott Shankel said Millington has a really fast and athletic team, but that’s to be expected at this stage of the playoffs.

“[Millington is] a good team that’s got size. They’ve got speed and athletes,” said Shankel. “They like to run the ball just as much as they like to spread it out. So we’ve got our work cut out for us.”

“They’re a good squad,” added senior Xavier Allen. “We’ve got a couple guys we’ve got to stop and then we’ve just got to keep playing our football. If we play our football I think we’ll be just fine.”

Reed City and Millington kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Reed City. The Coyotes are hoping to win their first regional championship since 2017.

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