Patterson confident leader of Reed City’s offense

REED CITY —  Reed City brought in a brand new quarterback with Nolan Patterson to start the season.

Patterson has stayed healthy and continues to lead the offense, which has been getting the job done in a Central State Activities Association Gold Division and district-title winning season.

Friday night, Patterson will direct the offense in a Division 5 title game at Grand Rapids West Catholic against the host school.

The Coyotes ended the regular season with a 28-14 loss to Schoolcraft, but coach Monty Price lauded Patterson’s effort which included 6-of-14 in passing for 84 yards.

“Nolan keeps getting better every week,” Price said at the conclusion of the regular season. “Our passing game is becoming a potent component to our offense, which will be needed in the playoffs.”

“I like it a lot. We’re finally meshing,” Patterson said, adding that from week one to now he’s playing “a lot better in everything”

Along with feeling more comfortable at the spot, Patterson agrees with his coach that his passing has improved.

“Me and (Patrick) Jobes, I know what he’s going to do and he knows where I’m going to throw it,” Patterson said of one of his main receivers.

The first Chippewa Hills game was perhaps his best, Patterson noted, in a 60-32 win. “Everything just clicked and we played as hard as we could,” he said.

The Coyotes started out the playoffs with revenge against Newaygo in a 32-13 victory. Patterson completed three passes for 31 yards. He was 5-of-10 for 82 yards in last Friday’s 22-21 victory over Chippewa Hills in Reed City’s first-ever district title.

“It’s definitely within reach,” Patterson said when the Coyotes entered district play. “We have to execute.”