Area coaches watch their teams at scrimmages

Reed CIty players work out during the summer.
Reed CIty players work out during the summer.

REED CITY — Area football coaches had a chance to see their teams in action on Thursday or Friday with scrimmages.

The regular season kicks off this Thursday and Friday.

Central State Activities Association Gold Division powers were also in scrimmage action with Reed City (at Cadillac).

Cadillac, Ludington and Sault Ste. Marie played the Coyotes.

“I thought the kids played hard,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “We showed some very good physicality. We made very few execution errors. I can’t think of a turnover we had. We played mistake-free football. The most important thing is we go out of there healthy.”

The scrimmage gave coaches a chance to make decisions on who would be starting.

“All of our kids contributed in the scrimmage and did something very well,” Price said.

Reed City opens at home against Montague, which beat the Coyotes 48-14 last season in the opener. Reed City won 11 straight games and wound up in the state semifinals after the loss.

In another scrimmage, Evart was at Meridian to take on the host school, Tawas and St. Louis.

“We were able to see ourselves in some positions and conditions that we were looking for,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “We now have an opportunity to improve our weaknesses. Our defensive front seven was strong and we threw the ball well. We need work on all phases of our game. A number of our kids were able to get important repetitions against tough competition. A few kids certainly separated themselves and did very well.”

Evart plays at Fremont on Thursday.

Pine River, which is home Friday against Kalkaska in the season opener, scrimmaged Benzie Central and Farwell at Benzie.

“We had a couple miscues to start, but once settled in we did some really nice things,” Coach Terry Martin said. “We had many playmakers involved on offense. Very optimistic about how that will help our team. We still need to improve some on the field communication on both sides of the ball. We went in with a handful of personnel questions. I think we have our answers on where we need people to be.

“All three schools struggled last season. But all of us returned a good group of kids and have much higher expectations this season. Everything (now) is about game one, Kalkaska.”