REED CITY – This is the time of year when Reed City football players work hard to secure spots in the team’s starting lineup.

The Coyotes opened the season with Midnight Madness on Sunday. The regular season starts Aug. 26 at home against North Muskegon.

Seniors like Jacob Rodriguez are looking for action in his second varsity season. Rodriguez is at defensive nose and offensive right tackle. He was a backup last season.

On offense, “I’m quick off the ball,” he said.

Rodriguez indicated defensive nose guard is his best position. He was busy during the summer with weight lifting and conditioning.

“I was a 100 percenter this year,” he said. “It helps you as much as you could possibly think of.”

Midnight madness ‘was fun,” but a lot of work, Rodriguez said. “It was fun being able to bond as a team and the whole team staying together.”

The Coyotes are five-time defending Central State Activities Association champions.

“We’re looking good,” Rodriguez said. “We have a lot of heart. We have a lot of kids that want to come out here, play and dominate other teams.”