Bradford twins hope to spark Coyotes to another banner football season

Eric and Michael Bradford are in their senior seasons for Reed City football. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)
Eric and Michael Bradford are in their senior seasons for Reed City football. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY -- The Bradford twins are ready for one more year of high school football.

The two Reed City seniors and their teammates started practice with midnight madness Monday morning. They have 16 days to get ready for their first game Aug. 24 at Big Rapids.

Eric and Michael Bradford are two of the key players back from a Reed City team that went 9-0 in winning the Central State Activities Association title last season.

Eric is a 5-foot-8, 160-pound running back and cornerback. He started on defense last season. This year, he could be a two-way starter. He’s looking to carry the ball more this season. He and his brothers both do other sports but football was high on the agenda for the fall.

“I went to every single summer thing coach (Monty) Price put on,” Bradford said. “I’ve improved a lot because of the football training I went through, the weightlifting and everything else. That all helped me improve a lot.”

Eric hopes to see the Coyotes go a long way this season after going to the second round a year ago.

“The sky’s the limit and we expect to do a lot better than we did last year,” he said. “Expectations are high. We lost a lot of good talent. Everybody is stepping up.”

Pass coverage will be a key for Eric on defense.

Twin brother Michael (5-9, 155) recalls playing football for about 10 years, making their senior season one in which they want to end on a high note.

“I feel that I’m more experienced,” he said. “With your senior year, you always want to end on a . high note. This will be a really good year for us and the team.”

Michael will be a running back and safety.

“Last year was terrific,” he said “Even though I wasn’t playing much, I really enjoyed watching Nate (Kailing). Our defense had a real outstanding year and I’m hoping to add on to that.

“We lost some bigger guys. We feel the experience the JVs had going 8-1 is going to help us. Even though we lost some good guys, we can replace them with talented players.”

Team chemistry shouldn’t be a problem, Michael said, but he still hopes to see improvement in that area.

“We feel we’re capable of going 9-0 and having a good season,” Michael said. “We know everybody will be looking to give us our best game. We’re going to be ready.”

On the schedule, “Big Rapids is always tough,” he said. “Chippewa Hills will give us good competition. Central Montcalm always does.”