Jones prepared for huge Reed City football season

Phillip Jones hopes to have a productive season for Reed CIty.
Phillip Jones hopes to have a productive season for Reed CIty.

REED CITY — Phillip Jones got his first taste of varsity football action for Reed City last season.

But the junior varsity running back is ready for another taste of action.

He’s expected to be among the Coyotes’ top offensive weapons this season. Jones and his teammates opened practices on Monday. But for most of July, they were involved in camps and drills to get ready for 2017.

“Ever since school let out, we’ve been going hard in the weight room,” Jones said. “We’ve gone to 7-on-7s and a few other camps that started and have done as much as we need to to have another successful season.”

The Coyotes have won six straight Central State Activities Association (CSAA) titles and also were district champs last fall. Last week was a down period with focus on weight-lifting. This is the first week of actual practices. The Coyotes had a home camp on July 24-28.

“We had skills camp and have been going at it from there,” he said, during camp week.

The Coyotes kick off at Montague on Aug. 25 and open the CSAA’s Gold season at Newaygo on Sept. 1.

“I’m looking forward to another strong season, and hopefully we can make a run past regionals,” Jones said.

Along with carrying the ball, Jones will be at defensive back.

“I think I’ve improved a lot,” he said. “I think I’m getting more comfortable in my positions and understanding what I need to do in both positions. I think I’ll have a stronger impact than I had last season. I’m ready for it and I’m prepared to have another strong season and do what it takes.

“The team is looking good. We’re getting people in a lot of new positions. We’re getting stronger and we’re looking better.”