REED CITY — Seth Root is a junior who plays starting right tackle for the Reed City Coyotes

This is Root's first year on varsity. He was able to make a strong transition on a varsity squad that is 6-1 and plays at Chippewa Hills Friday night with the Central State Activities Association Gold Division title on the line.

"It took a couple days of practice," he said. "I've definitely progressed each game, so has our line. We're getting a lot better."

Root played the same position with the junior varsity, but on the other side. But the side of the line hasn't made a difference for Root when it comes to executing for the Coyotes.

"Against Baldwin" might have been the best game so far for the team, Root said after the first six weeks of action. We moved the ball well."

The Coyote offense has been effective most of the season with the only struggle coming in a 14-6 loss to Newaygo. Root plays a backup tackle on defense.

The key behind the one-loss record so far has been due to the coaching staff, Root said. "They know what they're doing," he added.

The Coyotes finish the regular season on the road. They started a three-game road swing with a 36-18 win over Central Montcalm.

"I think we've got them but it won't be an easy game," Root said, prior to the contest with Central."We have to stop their quarterbacks and running backs."

This Friday, Reed City needs a win to clinch a title tie. The key is "to not quit," Root said.