Coyote sophomore lineman reflects back on football season

REED CITY — Football programs have generally wrapped up their postseasons with banquets and honors and other festivities.

But when it comes to remembering Reed City football, a major thought was how well the Coyotes did despite being extremely young.

They enjoyed the presence of several key sophomores including two-way lineman Stephen Shewan.

He realized last spring he would be playing varsity football in 2016.

“The first game was a little different,” he said. “There’s a little bit of a speed change, my teammates helped me a lot to make the transition.”

Shewan played left guard.

‘I feel my traps, when I pulled out to get the linebacker was probably my strong suit,” he said. “We were very young. “

As the season progressed, Shewan could see where the team continued to make strides in various areas.

“Offseason dedication,” Shewan said, was a key behind the team’s 11-1 record. Reed City was 9-0 during the regular season for the fifth time in six years.

Shewan said the line played exceedingly well throughout the season.

Shewan played outside linebacker on defense. The 12-8 regular season win over Chippewa Hills was a major highlight for the defense.

“What set that game apart from other games was the mental focus for the team,” Shewan said.

He also plays basketball and baseball. Football is his favorite sport.

“I love football,” he said.