Coyotes prepare for scrimmage
REED CITY — It’s week two of the football practice season with for Reed City.
The season opener against Big Rapids on Aug. 26 at Reed City isn’t that far away.
Reed City will scrimmage at Ludington on Thursday night against Muskegon Catholic Central, Montague and Shelby. The No. 1 goal, as far as Reed City coach Monty Price is concerned, is to stay healthy.
“No. 2 is we want to see where we’re at in terms of execution and how physical we’re going to play,” said Price. “We feel pretty good with where we’re at right now. There’s some bumps and bruises along the way. We’re healthy right now. We’re looking forward to getting better.”
The Coyotes have about six to seven returning starters on both sides of the ball. One starter not back is quarterback Dakota Saez, who has decided to play soccer this season instead of football.
“He played through six games (last season) before he got hurt,” Price noted. “I can only tell you we have three guys that are out and they’re doing very well. We’re going to see it through the scrimmage before we make the decision. We’re not going to shut the door on playing one quarterback, either.”
The scrimmage “will be our first real test in terms of seeing competition at game speed,” Price said. “We’ll have some evaluations before us.”
The Coyotes were 6-4 and made the playoffs last season.
Among the returning players is Trenton Sims, a standout senior running back.
“If we have our mind right and we execute plays like we’re capable of, this is a very special team,” said Sims adding that the goal at Thursday’s scrimmage will be to “execute and not take plays off.”