REED CITY -- The clock struck midnight an another Reed City football season which got under way on Monday morning.

Coach Monty Price and his players brought in the beginning of the practice season which leads into the opener Aug. 24 at Big Rapids.

The midnight practice included a passing game and defensive fundamentals at the game field. Other sessions will be at the team’s game facility.

“Midnight is fun and it has been a great tradition for us but we don’t have a lot of time,” Price said. “We have only an hour and a half so we have to finish things up.”

Thursday the team will put on pads. Without pads, “we pretty much work on everything except we take away (a lot of) contact,” Price said. “It’s basic fundamentals of all the techniques. We have to be a little careful with the contact.”

Price anticipates having about 30 on the varsity, which is a higher number than usual. Three are about 30 for JVs, Price said the program is about 10 numbers short from having a freshman team and it’s not likely there will be one.

There are six starters back from last season on both sides of the ball. The Coyotes were 9-0 during the regular season a year ago and Central State Activities Association champions.

“We’ve had a lot of enthusiasm since the end of last year,” Price said. “We had a great summer. They really dedicated and committed themselves. We had one of the best turnouts we’ve ever had in the offseason. The kids seemed eager and fired up to get things started. Hopefully, we can build on what we did last year.

“We’re happy where we’re at but we have lots of things to do.”