Coyotes begin workouts for what they hope will be another title season

RUNNING DRILLS: Jon Green of Reed City takes the football during a drill Monday night. (Herald Review/John Raffel)
RUNNING DRILLS: Jon Green of Reed City takes the football during a drill Monday night. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

REED CITY — It wasn’t easy going 9-0 and winning the Central State Activities Association football title one season. It was just as difficult to do it two years in a row.

But Reed City is coming off a pair of 9-0 regular seasons and outright CSAA titles and obviously the Coyotes are hoping for more of the same.

It won’t be easy for a three-peat because of all the faces the Coyotes graduated including Garrett Benson and Jordan Straub at running back, Justin Danneels and Matt Crysler at offensive line, Michael and Eric Bradford at defensive back and Jordon Rolston and Jacob Vincent at linebacker.

Vincent was The Pioneer Defensive Player of the Year.

But it will be easier with the return of such talented players as Chad Samuels at quarterback, Josh Saez at defensive back, Darrien Sweet, Ian MacDonald and Dean Eichenberg on the offensive line, Austin Hansen at defensive line, Eric Grannis at linebacker, PJ Jones at running back and Kyle Wright and Derrick Lodholtz at tight end.

Reed City had 33 varsity and 24 JVs on the roster.

“We’re a little high on varsity,” said Reed City coach Monty Price. “I’m very excited. We’re typically in the mid 20s.”

Price anticipates that this Coyote team will be faster and perhaps a little bigger.

The preseason scrimmage is Aug. 22 at Muskegon Catholic Central.

“We just want to get better every day,” Price said. “We want to improve. We want to have a constant emphasis on our work ethic and attitude.

“I’m very pleased. We had our best summer attendance since 1999 when I took over. I had 22 varsity players who did not miss a day. For us, that is exceptional. The foundation has been laid with the work ethic. I’m very optimistic we’ll have fun this year and a great season.”

The back-to-back titles and 9-0 records have had an impact.

“We have a great group of kids and they’ve done everything we’ve asked them to do,” Price said. “That’s exiting.”