Pelton playing key role for Reed City lines

REED CITY — Anthony Pelton is making key contributions on both sides of the line for Reed City’s undefeated football team.

It’s the sophomore season for Pelton, whose brother, Taylor, was an all-state honorable mention player for Reed City on both sides of the ball.

By the end of last season, Pelton started realizing he might be playing varsity football this year.

“I knew we’d be losing a lot of seniors and they would have to looking at some sophomores,” he said. “I was confident I would be moved up.”

During the summer, Pelton started focusing on varsity football.

He’s a starting right side offensive tackle and seeing some action on left side defensive tackle.

“I think I’m good at playing out the hole for our running backs and maintaining my blocks,” Pelton said.

His strength on defense is “getting to the ball and never giving up,” Pelton added, “and always getting on the tackle.”

So far this season, “I think I’m playing great, and the whole team’s playing great,” he said. “There are a couple of mistakes we need to clean up. We’re looking pretty good for a young team.”

Looking ahead, “I need to work on my technique on defense more,” Pelton said.

He sees some similarities with his older brother as football players.

“We’re both really hard workers and never give up on a play,” Pelton said. “We’re fighting for the extra yard.”

The Coyotes have their Homecoming game Friday against Big Rapids.

“We can work on being tougher on the line and not giving up so many yards,” Pelton said.