REED CITY — Reed City will open the season with a new quarterback, and the Coyotes are taking a look at their leading candidates this summer.

Reed City played five games Saturday at the Ferris State passing camp. 

“We’re still in the learning phases of everything,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “We saw some good things and saw some bad things. We would have liked to have seen a little bit more competitiveness. We didn’t see the level we were anticipating.”

Reed City defeated Manistee and Cedar Springs and lost to Coleman, Muskegon Oakridge and Pine River.

Quarterback Nolan Patterson graduated from last season’s team. At Saturday’s Ferris passing camp, Derrick Rasor and Leland Yonkin were taking turns at the position.

“These camps are to try to build some technique and install some of our schemes,” Price said. “We won’t determine who the starters are until camps start. But it’s also a good opportunity for our quarterbacks to work on their decision making skills. Both of them are working hard and giving us their best. It will be a fun competition.” 

“It helps a lot,” Reed City wide receiver Mykel Dillard said of the camps. “You get better at stuff. It helps me a lot.”

He also plays safety and said the camps also help the Coyotes focus on pass defense.

“We’re making a lot of progress,” Dillard said. “We’re doing better.”

The Coyotes will continue with their summer schedule for three more weeks, including a camp July 27-29. Another dead period is Aug. 3-7, followed by the first day of practice Aug. 10. The season kicks off Aug. 28 at Baldwin.