Jones looks back on solid football season



REED CITY -- Reed City football players like Noah Jones would have preferred playing on Friday night in the second round of the playoffs.

Instead, the Coyotes were spectators for whichever game they decided to watch after having seen the season end on Nov. 1 in a 48-36 setback to Kingsley.

Jones, as a junior, had a strong season in the Coyotes backfield.

"We played really hard in the first half and in the second half we came out slow," Jones said. "We didn't give up."

Jones, a 5-foot-7, 155-pound running back and cornerback, played in all 10 games for the Coyotes and earned All-CSAA Gold Division honors. He played in all 10 games and had 120 carries for 1,094 yards which translates into 9.1 yards per try.

"I thought I had an OK season," Jones said. "It was pretty good."

"Noah led us on the ground this year and was a very explosive player," Shankel said. "He was the player this year that could score every time he touched the ball. He was able to get us five tough yards when we needed it."

Among the highlights for Jones and the Coyotes was handing Central Montcalm its only loss of the regular season.

"We had some satisfaction from this season but there's room for improvement next year," Jones said. "We'll be very good next year. We'll come back and bounce back from this and do very good."

It was Jones' second year on varsity, and he said the experience was invaluable.

"I came in not knowing if I was going to get playing time,' he said. "And I was a starter."

The focus during the offseason will be "getting quicker, strong and gaining weight," Jones said.