Allen all set for senior year as Reed City quarterback

Coyotes continue their first week of formal practices

Xavier Allen



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REED CITY – Xavier Allen is back at quarterback for Reed city football teams and eager to help the Coyotes have the same type of winning success as they’ve enjoyed in recent years.

It’s his senior season and marks his third year on the varsity. Last year the Coyotes were CSAA champs and district finalists.

“It went well,” Allen said. “We enjoyed it and had a lot of fun. It didn’t end up how we wanted to. We’re looking forward to this year.”

Allen also plays basketball and baseball. He worked on both football and baseball during the summer. He was on a travel baseball team and participated in Reed City summer football programs. Like several other Coyote athletes, he stayed very busy during the summer with very few days off.

As a quarterback, Allen smiles and admits he’d love to throw the ball more. But the success of the Coyote running game is no small secret. But whenever a passing play is called, Allen is ready to test this talents.

“We have guys who can get open so I feel I just need to put it out there,” Allen said. “I have to trust in them that they’ll go get it.”

Allen is a nickel back on defense.

“I’m there to make sure no one gets past me,” he said, “especially in a passing situation. I can see stuff pretty well.”

Reed City is home with Coopersville on Aug. 25 to open the season.

“The sky’s the limit,” Allen said. “We just need to work hard.”

It’s a tough schedule, again.

“We’ll worry about everybody but I want to pay Cadillac again,” Allen said. “They’re our ninth game.”

Reed City lost 18-14 to Cadillac in the season opener.
“Xavier was one of the cornerstones of our offense this season. He was the leader in batting average,” Reed City baseball coach Eric Grannis said. “He had two home runs in our district championship game. On the mound he struggled compared to last season, but was still dominant at times. His best pitching performance this season was against Newaygo. He gave up three hits and struck out 12 batters.

“Xavier also had a great eye at the plate where he struck out only 10 times in 140 plate appearances. This season he really began to step in the leadership position that we have been waiting for. We expect for him to have a great season next year in all phases.”