Former Coyote quarterback spends season advising his brother

Brothers Jeffrey (left) and Chad Samuels take a break after a practice this season. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

Brothers Jeffrey (left) and Chad Samuels take a break after a practice this season. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY - it was an opportunity Chad Samuels didn't feel he could pass up.

When the former Reed City quarterback returned to his hometown to work full-time, new Coyote football coach Scott Shankel called up asking Samuels if he would join the staff.

For Samuels, a three-year starting all-conference Coyote quarterback who graduated in 2014 and played collegiate at Northwood University, it was an easy offer to accept.

It was his former school.

He would also be coaching his younger brother, Jeffrey, who was the starting quarterback for the Coyotes this season.

Reed City ended the season at 6-4

"Shankel wanted to know if I would come on board," Samuels said. "I got a job at Yoplait."

With his brother, who is younger by six years, slated to start at quarterback, Chad Samuels was ready to get to work.

When he accepted the job, Chad Samuels called his brother, and said, "guess what? I'm going to be your next coach."

Chad has been offensive coordinator and calls the plays.

"It's been great," he said. "He'll come over and we'll go back and forth. We kind of have the same mindset. He's been around the program for so long,"

A memorable moment came against Newaygo on Oct. 18 in a 41-38 loss to the Lions

"With 40 seconds left, we drove 80 yards and got down to the 1-yard line. He made two great plays in a row," Chad Samuels said. "I'll never forget him running around and making the great plays."

Samuels made a pass to Landen Tomaski for 24 yards on what would be the last play.

"They called us down to the 1-yard line," Chad said. "He was just short and reached the ball out and hit the goal-line but the ref called him short. It would have been a 25-yard touchdown pass. He had completed a 50-yard pass before that."

Their styles are about the same.

He was on the sidelines for every one of my games," Samuels said.

"It's been wonderful," Jeffrey Samuels said. "Occasionally I disagree with him."

But Jeffrey said, with a smile, older brother still had the final say.

"Our first touchdown against Newaygo, we threw a 14-yard touchdown pass," Jeffrey said. 'We both had the same play in mind on the sidelines."

Chad was a defensive back and so was his brother.