Coyotes look to continue rolling against Holton
REED CITY — Reed City’s football team is 2-0 right now and senior two-way lineman Brandon Toman is confident good times will continue to roll.
Thursday’s 28-0 win at Hesperia in Central State Activities Association (CSAA) action put the Coyotes at 2-0 overall.
Toman started both ways last season and is doing that again in his senior year as a defensive tackle and right offensive tackle.
“I think we’re playing pretty well right now,” Toman said. “I thought we played well against Big Rapids (in the season opener).”
When it comes to blocking, “I think I drive people back pretty well,” Toman said, adding that defensively, “I’m good in pursuing the ball.”
Toman added that he worked with his offensive coaches extensively in getting ready for the 2011 season.
“I feel so far that I’ve improved a lot,” he said. “The last two games, the Big Rapids game, I had (nine tackles) and a safety. Against Hesperia I had (nine) tackles and (a fumble recovery. That was probably the best feeling I’ve had. As a defensive lineman, you don’t get to touch the ball much.
“Dakota Gogolowski had a nice block for me. The moment I picked the ball up, he picked up the block.”
The Coyotes are home Friday against Holton and Sept. 16 against two-time defending league champion Morley Stanwood.
“We take one game at a time,” Toman said. “We need to sustain our blocks more.”
Toman netted seven tackles defensively while Gogolowski and Michael Bradford had six apiece.
“I don’t like to make excuses but I don’t think we played nearly up to our potential,” said Reed City coach Monty Price, noting that his team endured hot and humid weather conditions. “We were happy to come out with a win.”
Reed City had 374 yards of total offense against Hesperia.
Offensively, Michael Bradford had 99 yards rushing on six tries including an 83-yard touchdown. Nate Kailing had 95 yards rushing on six attempts. He had touchdown runs of 1 and 34 yards both in the first quarter. The other TD was on Michael Barton’s 75-yard scoring pass to Garrett Benson.
“I was happy with the play of the Bradford twins defensively,” Price said. “We finally got our trap play going. I think we rushed on the trap play 170 yards or more. We were solid in that respect. But we have to fine tune things offensively and defensively if we’re going to compete against the best teams in the conference.”
Against Holton, “I think we’ll have our hands full,” Price said. “We’ll have to show up and execute.”