Football teams ready to start practices next week

THROUGH THE MOTIONS: Reed City football players work on drills at last week's football camp. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)
THROUGH THE MOTIONS: Reed City football players work on drills at last week’s football camp. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

Ready for some football?

Area football teams officially start practices on Monday, which will be a three-week preseason prior to the first games on Aug. 24.

Two of the three local schools, Evart and Reed City, are planning on midnight kickoffs to the practice season.

REED CITY

The defending Central State Activities Association champs will focus on strength training this week. Last week, coach Monty Price and his staff had a week-long camp with about 50 players of high school age attending.

“I thought it went well, we had great work ethic,” Price said. “We got some fundamental football accomplished.”

Players will be staying at the middle school while practicing Monday morning from midnight to 1:30 a.m. Practices continue throughout the week.

The Coyotes will have a scrimmage at Montague on Thursday, Aug. 16, Prior to the season opener at Big Rapids on Aug. 24, the first home game is Aug. 30 against Morley Stanwood.

EVART

Evart coach Pat Craven had a brief lifting session for players on Tuesday of this week. Next Monday at midnight, practices will begin. For the rest of the week, sessions will be 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. It will be Evart’s ninth season for midnight kickoff, which will be at Evart’s playing field.

“The kids enjoy it,” Craven said of the midnight gathering. “It’s fun to get it started and get it going.”

Evart will scrimmage Aug. 16 at St. Louis against the host school, Sanford Meridian and Tawas.

Evart’s first game is Aug. 24 at Suttons Bay.

PINE RIVER

This past Tuesday, the Bucks were set for lifting and some testing at the high school Tuesday and Thursday. The first practice is set for 8 a.m.  on Monday. It’s 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. they will be camping at the school prior to the first practice. An intra-squad scrimmage is set for 10 a.m. Saturday.

The scrimmage for the Bucks is April 17 at Mancelona.

Last week, the Bucks went through a three-day camp and had about youngsters attend, from grades second to 12. The season kicks off Aug. 24 at home against Kalkaska.