REED CITY — The rivalry speaks for itself.
Then again, so does 52 points — in the first half.
Reed City dominated rival Big Rapids for a 58-22 win in a CSAA Gold Division football contest Friday night.
The Coyotes and Cardinals have been rivals for quite some time but it’s perfectly clear where the bulk of the talent is right now.
“It’s a huge rivalry game,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “I am very proud of all of our kids on how they came together as a team and dominated the game.
“Hats off to them.”
Reed City led 28-0 after the first quarter and had a commanding 52-6 lead at halftime. It was still 52-6 going into the fourth quarter before the Cardinals added a couple of meaningless scores.
Phillip Jones-Price totaled 202 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries while Payton Hansen added 127 yards and two TDs on six carries.
Jackson Price was 3 of 5 passing for 83 yards and a touchdown. Anthony Pelton hauled in one of those passes for a 58-yard touchdown. Jones-Price (18) and Preston Johnson (7) had the other catches.
Stephen Shewan and Cody S. Kailing led the way defensively with five tackles apiece while Hansen had three tackles and an interception. Nick Douglas added two tackles and a pick.
Reed City (6-0 overall, CSAA Gold) is at Central Montcalm next Friday looking to clinch at least a share of its eighth straight league title.
EVART — A rough third quarter and self-inflicted wounds doomed Evart in a 41-14 loss to Beal City on Friday night.
“Beal City was able to establish the off-tackle run on us tonight,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “We worked hard to make some adjustments to shut that down but ultimately, we had too many self-inflicted wounds.”
Carter Pritchard was 13 of 26 passing for 168 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Billy Conklin caught three passes for 83 yards and two scores while also rushing for 59 yards on 13 carries.
Cam Brasington led the defense with nine tackles and a blocked PAT while Justin O’Dell had seven tackles and a sack. Austin Dellar added six tackles and deflected a pass.
Evart is at Lake City next Friday.