Hatfield, at full health, eager to have huge season for Coyotes

REED CITY — Collin Hatfield didn’t end the 2014 football season the way he preferred.

That’s why he’s especially looking forward to 2016.

Hatfield and the Coyotes  open the season on Aug. 28 at Baldwin.

The Coyotes won their fourth straight Central State Activities Association title last year and also won their first district Championship. In a regional title game, the Coyotes lost to Grand Rapids West Catholic, Hatfield had an ACL injury and was out rehabbing for six months.

But during the practice season, Hatfield declared himself 100 percent.

“It gives me a little more motivation to push myself a little harder,” he said.

It was a busy summer for Hatfield and his teammates. He’ll be a running back and corner back. Offensively, he said he’s ready to do whatever the team needs.

Quickness is a strength for Hatfield. The Coyotes graduated standouts like Jon Green and Nolan Patterson, but Hatfield likes the makeup.

“I think it looks good,” he said. “People are stepping up when they need to along with a lot of upcoming sophomores who are now juniors.”

At cornerback, Hatfield noted he and the Coyotes have been working on pass coverage.

“I think I can read the field well,” he said. “I read the quarterback pretty well.”

The Coyotes open at Baldwin on Friday.

“We’re really confident,” Hatfield said, pointing to teams like Chippewa Hills and Newaygo to be among the top CSAA opponents. “We have to limit the mistakes, work hard and do what we do.”