Coyotes anxious to keep up their winning ways

REED CITY — Andre Jones and Ian MacDonald are making some key contributions for the Reed City Coyotes early in the 2013 football season.

Jones is a sophomore running back and defensive back, who has had some explosive runs and touchdowns for the Coyotes. It’s his first varsity season.

“It was fun,” he said of his varsity debut in the opener against Big Rapids. He’s playing running backs and safety.

Jones figures he’s more effective running the ball but he also has the pass catching ability to keep defenses honest. Speed, strength and good hands are the keys behind catching the ball, he indicated.

Jones’ brother P.J. is a defensive back on the squad.

“We’re different, we both have our abilities,” Andre said, adding that he’s been able to adjust to the increased speed on the varsity level.

Jones enjoys being on the receiving end of a pass from quarterback Chad Samuels.

“He’s smart, knows when to run it and when to throw it, just a smart quarterback,” Jones said. “Expectations from our coaches are high and we do our best.”

MacDonald is in his second year on the varsity and playing as a junior. He’s an outside linebacker and offensive tackle and starts both ways.

“Sophomore season was great,” he said. “It was a lot more different than JV was.”

His roles are uniquely different on the gridiron.

“On defense, it’s stop the running back from getting the first down,” MacDonald said. “Offensively, it’s to protect my running backs and quarterback.”

He considers himself a stronger player this season.

“We’re looking pretty good,” he said. “I have expectations for a great season.”

The Coyotes are 2-0 but aren’t taking anyone lightly, MacDonald said.