Dillard completes strong senior football season

REED CITY — Reed City lost 21-14 to Grand Rapids West Catholic Friday in the district final.

But it was a memorable season for Coyote players, including senior Mykel Dillard.

Dillard had one of three interceptions the Reed City defense recorded in a winning performance Oct. 30 against Manistee 50-27 in the Division 5 predistrict round. That win put Reed City in the district final.

It was Dillard’s second varsity season.

As a safety, he had a key pass breakup late in the game against Big Rapids. He also had an interception in the opener against Baldwin.

While most opponents focused on the run, Dillard said he saw passes from opponents sometimes.

“If they have a spread offense, they throw a lot,” he said, adding the key to being an effective safety was “to stay deep and don’t let them get deeper than you.”

It was Dillard’s first year at safety. He said he worked at “technique, being focused and knowing that I’m doing on defense.”

Along with being a defensive back, he also saw action at wide receiver. The Coyotes didn’t throw extensively in a run-oriented offense, but Dillard had some catches.

As a receiver, Dillard said his role was to “spread the field pretty much,” and that blocking has been a strength along with his speed.

The Coyotes finished at 10-1.

“It’s been really fun,” Dillard said after the regular season.