Lodholtz, Jobes getting the job done for Coyotes

REED CITY — Derek Lodholtz and Patrick Jobes have been wearing jersey numbers 5 and 6 respectively this season for the Reed City Coyotes and, along with a high number of other Reed City players, have been playing a key role on this year’s team.

Reed City has its homecoming Friday night at Central Montcalm and will put a 7-0 record on the line. It will be the final home game of the regular season.

Lodholtz, a senior tight end and linebacker, has been seeing more action on defense than offense. The team’s best overall performance may have been a 42-7 over Chippewa Hills on Oct. 4, said Lodholtz, who was also impressed with his team’s win over Newaygo.

“You have to put a good game together all around,” he said.

On defense, Lodholtz has been working on maintaining outside coverage.

“I think we’ve all taken steps from where we were last year,” he said. “We have to be ready to work every day and get better.”

Reed City is bidding for its third straight 9-0 regular season. But everyone wants to knock off the Coyotes, Lodholtz acknowledged, adding that “fan support and being a part of the team” has been a rewarding part of the undefeated run.

Jobes is a junior in his first actual varsity season as a defensive back and backup quarterback.

The varsity level “is a lot faster and people hit a lot harder,” he said.

Jobes, in one of his roles of covering the pass, has one interception against Big Rapids.

“Throughout the season, I’ve done decent,” he said, adding that in the recent win over Chippewa HiIls, “it was executing and going hard every play. Everyone was doing his job the best they can.”

The Coyotes beat Hesperia 34-0 last week.

The team seems to be improving every week.

“Our scout team is making our starters better and better every week,” Jobes said. “We have to go hard every practice and never take any days off.”