MENOMINEE — Spectators for Saturday's regional final between Menominee and Reed City can expect a heavy dose of ground game.

The Coyotes only pass 4-5 times a game by Menominee coach Joe Noha's estimation. The Maroons pass a little more than that, but prefer to establish the running game as well. 

Even with the proclivity for the running game, Reed City has racked up 47 points per game on its way to a 10-1 record this season.

"It could be third-and-10 and they'll run the ball because they're so explosive," Noha said. "Normally, you don't hear the word explosive, but they've run up a lot of scores against a lot of people.

"They force you to play defense with the whole field because between the trap, the iso, the counter, the sweep and the quarterback keeper, you have to be disciplined."

The Coyotes lost to Montague 48-14 in the first game of the season. Since then they have won 10 straight, and they haven't played a game closer than 25 points since Sept. 1.

"They're playing good football right now, and they have the luxury of playing in their back yard against us. I think that's an advantage for them," Noha said.

Menominee ended the Coyotes' season a year ago with a 40-14 win in Reed City in a regional.

"Last year we had our hands full with them," Noha said. "Last year we were able to score, which helped our defense a lot. We're going into hostile territory again."

Last week, Reed City bested Clare 34-7.

"Watching them against Clare, they really played physical football," Noha said. "We have to play really good sound football to have a chance. They get off the ball and block. Very similar to the single wing mentality."

Menominee is coming off an emotional 24-21 win over Kingsford to earn the Maroons their ninth consecutive district title. Menominee avenged a loss to the Flivvers Oct. 13.

"What was nice to see was our grit," Noha said. "When Kingsford scored the kids got mad and we came back."

Maroon kicker Shawn Sandahl nailed a short field goal in the closing minutes to give Menominee the 24-21 lead.

"Shawn is a great weapon to have," Noha said. "He kicks off deep, that's a great weapon in the postseason. We're really proud of Shawn and his ability to make clutch kicks."