Pelton, Coyotes end banner season

REED CITY — Taylor Pelton and his Reed City Coyote teammates enjoyed the fruits of their efforts last weekend by playing in the regional final at Grand Rapids West Catholic.

That based on victories over Newaygo and Chippewa Hills to win the district title.

Pelton, a junior linebacker, had a solid playoff season including against Newaygo when he had 10 tackles.

“He was instrumental in helping us contain their rushing attack and high scoring offense,” Reed City coach Monty Price said.

On offense, he’s been playing guard and has been starting both ways.

Getting two wins over Chippewa Hills wasn’t easy. Neither was gaining revenge over Newaygo which had defeated Reed City 14-6 during the regular season. A 32-13 win in the playoffs was very rewarding.

“We had to stay on our keys, our reads, and we had to trust on everyone else on our team to do their jobs,” Pelton said. “We had to come out with more intensity and our offensive line had to do a good job, and they did.”

Pelton had a strong season.

“I had to deal with some injuries,” he said. “I’m 100 percent recovered.”

Pelton was an effective tackler on defense.

“We clean up the tackles on the inside, and don’t let anything run through the inside,” he said.

Meanwhile, it’s been no secret how effective the Coyotes were able to move on offense, thanks especially to a solid line performance.

“We’re doing really good, getting our blocks,” Pelton said.

It’s his second varsity season.

“I think I’ve improved a lot,” he said. “Last year, I didn’t start both ways. This year it was a little tough at first, but I’m getting used to it now.”

Pelton realized it would be tough to beat Chippewa Hills again. But this is the postseason.

“We practice a lot harder, I think,” he said. “The kids that were moved up (to varsity) really help out a lot.”