Coyotes players eager to score another huge season

REED CITY — Reed City has gone 9-0 the past two regular seasons and are off to a 1-0 start but they have continually enjoyed an extraordinary amount of talent that has boosted the team’s success rate.

Darrien Sweet is playing on both sides of the ball as a lineman.

“It’s a lot of work,” he said, adding that on offense, “I’ll be quicker and stronger for sure.”

Making tackles while holding down the line of scrimmage is his key defensive role.

The Coyotes have graduated strong players from previous years, “but we have a lot of people stepping up,” Sweet said.

He’s looking forward to playing on an aggressive defense.

Sweet considers himself perhaps a better offensive player since he played more on that side of the ball last year.

“I’m ready for it,” he said of playing both ways.

P.J. Jones is in his second varsity season for the Reed City Coyotes.

“We had a pretty good season, undefeated two years in a row,” Jones said.

He’s at defensive back again this season. “I’m there to stop the pass, break on the ball and make tackles, have outside containment, forced everything back in and (make sure) nothing gets outside of me,” he said.

Jones feels confident the way he has improved this season.

“Our pass coverage was very good last year,” he said. “This year, I also think we’ll be very good. We lost two very good defensive backs in Michael and Eric Bradford.”

The key to good pass coverage is a matter of “knowing where to be, staying with your man, breaking on the ball,” Jones said.

Reed City opened with a 39-26 win over Big Rapids on Friday and is at Morley Stanwood Friday night in Central State Activities Association action.

“We’re in good shape, we’re ready,” Jones said. “We understand we have a huge target on our backs, every week. We have to stay with our assignments and play the ball.”

“We’re looking really good,“ Sweet said. “It’s important to take it one game at a time. There’s a lot of weight on our shoulders but I know we can handle it.”