Green continues to pile up yardage for explosive Reed City ground game


REED CITY — Jon Green continues to be a productive weapon for the Reed City Coyotes who have gotten off to a 2-0 start.

But the senior running back and his teammates are still hoping for even more production as they get ready for a four-game homestand that starts with dangerous Central State Activities Association rival Newaygo this Friday.

He started out the season in Reed City’s 60-27 win over Baldwin with 139 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

“We played decent and we got the W,” Green recalled. “Everybody could have done better things. We need to practice the pass more.”

Without graduated Chad Samuels running the offense, “we’ll do about the same, maybe not as much passing,” Green said.

The offense gained more than 500 yards on the ground in last Friday’s 48-14 win over Tri County that extended the Coyotes’ unbeaten regular-season streak to 31.

Green exploded for 248 yards on 25 carries and one touchdown. His third season on the Reed City varsity has gotten off to a blazing start, to say the least.

“I think I’m stronger,” he said, adding that he’s working on “practicing on getting better blocks for my other running backs.”

Green has been playing outside linebacker on defense.

“We didn’t do too bad,” he said, after the Coyotes gave up 27 points to Baldwin. “We need to practice on stopping the pass more. That was kind of a weakness. They didn’t do too much running so you couldn’t really evaluate that either.”

Green’s role on the team has changed into a leadership role as a senior. Prior to the Tri County game, he predicted the Vikings “will give us a run for our money.”

But the Coyotes definitely got their money’s worth from Green’s running talents.