REED CITY  — Junior running back Andre Jones was leading the way for the Reed City Coyotes at Monday morning’s midnight opener to the 2014 practice season. But when the regular season opens Aug. 28, Jones is hoping to be flying high with the Coyotes who are three-time defending Central State Activities Association champs.

This will mark the second varsity season for Jones, who is preparing with his teammates for the season opener at home Aug. 28 with Baldwin.

“It was great, we’re working hard as a team,” Jones said after the midnight practice. “I love this. No one else is out there doing what we’re doing. What we’re doing we do best. We compete and we’re going to compete with others.”

It was a busy summer for Jones and his teammates.

“We had a lot of 100 percenters (in attendance),” he said. “We ran hard every day. All the way through the week we ran hard. We had no days off.”

In the backfield, Jones expects to provide a potent offense with the likes of Jon Green and Colin Hatfield also returning as running backs.

“I’ll be a lot better,” Jones said. “I got a lot underneath my skin now. I’m used to the speed.”

During the summer, Jones worked on his footwork, speed and agility.

The backfield will have to play without Chad Samuels at quarterback for the first time.

“It will be a little different, but the ground game, not really,” Jones said.

Five of Reed City’s first six games are at home.

“We have very high expectations for this team,” Jones said. “We can even do better. If we go out there and compete, we should have no problem.”

Expectations are high, Jones acknowledged, considering Reed City has gone 9-0  in three straight regular seasons.

“They get higher and higher every time,” he said.

He’s a junior but sees himself as being more of a leader, Jones said.

“I love it,” he smiled.