Hansen, Reed City football team, start season

Payton Hansen hopes to lead Reed City to a strong season. (Herald Review file photo)

Payton Hansen hopes to lead Reed City to a strong season. (Herald Review file photo)

REED CITY - Payton Hansen dabbled in as much baseball and football this summer.

But right now, it's all football for the Reed City senior.

Football practices officially started on Monday although Hansen, a baseball and football player, has been working on both sports during the summer.

"I've been flipping tires (from football) and working out in my basement, plus this," he said after a summer baseball practice. "It's nice to get out of the house after being quarantined (from COVID)."

Hansen returns as one of Reed City's top football players. He's a third-year varsity player and plays running back and linebacker

Summer was busy despite restrictions imposed by COVID.

"We have speed training on Sundays," he said during the summer. "Tuesday and Thursdays, we lifted tires."

Hansen would have been a key player for the Coyotes during baseball season but it was canceled because of COVID. A summer season was attempted by coach Eric Grannis but competition was not allowed.

Instead, Grannis had open field sessions in June and July with players, including Hansen.

"First, we warm up, throw, we hit, field, that's basically it," Hansen, who plays catcher, pitcher and third base, said. "We're working on basic baseball. We've got a lot of freshmen and sophomores."

At one time, the MHSAA floated the idea of having baseball the fall and football in the spring. But the idea was nixed.

"I'd rather have football in the fall just because toward the end of the year it's cool," Hansen said. "I favor whatever it takes to get a football season in."

Football players will be allowed to put on pads Monday. The MHSAA said it will announce on Aug. 20 how much football teams will be able to have actual competition, if any, this fall.