Former Reed City football standout serves as captain for West All-Stars

REED CITY — It was an eventful Saturday for Taylor Pelton at Saturday’s East-West All-Star Football Game.

The contest, sponsored by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association and played at Saginaw Valley State University, featured All-Stars from across the state, including Pelton, who was selected by the West as one of its captains.

Pelton had family and friends watching the game, including his Reed City head coach Monty Price and other Coyote coaches.

“I thought he played well,” Price said. “He was one of the four team captains and had a good game on defense and was in on several tackles. I thought he represented our community very well.”

The East won 20-14.

“It was really fun, it was a good experience,” Pelton said.

Pelton showed up at Saginaw Valley on Wednesday for three days of practices. The talent level, was obviously high.

“It was definitely different playing with as many players as skilled as this,” Pelton said. “There wasn’t a high number of people there but it was a good number.”

Temperatures were high and Pelton acknowleged players had to prepare for it.

“It was really hot,” he said.

The first Reed City football player to perform in the All-Star game was Ed Hengesh in 1981.

Pelton will now focus on his football career at Michigan Technological University.

After finishing his football career last fall at Reed City, he played basketball during the winter and ran track in the spring.

His track career was an extremely successful one. It was his only track season for the Coyotes. Pelton ran the 100 meters with a best time of 11.84 seconds and was fourth in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division race. He had a best time of 24.04 in the 200 meters and also took fourth in that event at the league meet.

The Coyotes used Pelton in the throws. He had a personal best of 106-1 in the Kent City Elite in the discus and 37-9 ½ in the shot put. He was on the CSAA Gold 4x100 relay that took first in the CSAA meet with Phillip and Andre Jones and Schuyler Smith.