All-CSAA football team honors eight Coyotes

REED CITY — Central State Activities Association Gold Division football champion Reed City led the all-league list announced recently with seven first-team selections.

Heading the selections was Taylor Pelton, who was also named Most Outstanding Player.

Also honored for the Coyotes were seniors Dylan Chrispell, Collin Hatfield, Andre Jones, Seth Root and Schuyler Smith and junior Logan Straub.

Senior Mykel Dillard was on the honorable mention list.

Pelton, a linebacker, had 106 tackles, including nine for losses, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one sack, one interception and five pass break-ups.

“Taylor was the most dominant defensive player in the area,” Price said. “He’s one of the most physical players that I’ve ever coached.”

Jones, a running back, had 111 carries for 1,179 yards in eight games with 19 touchdowns and 10.6 yards per carry.

“Andre can break the big play at any time,” Price said. “He has great speed and great speed and vision. He’s a 3-year varsity player with 1,000 yards every year.

Root was an offensive lineman responsible for almost 4,000 yards during regular season, Price said.“He’s a physical, punishing lineman and a dominant run blocker,” Price said.

Chrispell, a senior, offensive lineman, “was responsible for almost 4,000 yards during regular season,” Price said. “He’s very smart and fundamentally sound. He made all the calls to make our offense click.”

Hatfield, a running back, had 97 carries for 846 yards, six touchdowns and 8.7 yards per carry. He’s a three-year varsity player.

“He made the switch to fullback this year,” Price noted. “He was big play potential every time he touched the ball. He has great vision and feel for the inside trap game. He is a very fundamental blocker on the edge.”

Straub, a linebacker, had 65 tackles including four for losses, one sack, one interception. “He was another physical, punishing linebacker,” Price said. “He has great instincts. He will return next year and will certainly be a force to be reckoned with.”

Smith, a linebacker and tight end, had 32 tackles including nine for losses, one fumble recovery, two sacks, four pass break-ups and seven catches for 122 yards and one touchdown.

“He’s a great blocking tight end,” Price said. “Schuyler could do it all for us.”