Reed City defense posts several all-league players

REED CITY  — The defense did the trick for the Reed City Coyotes who had a 9-0 record for the third straight season in the Central State Activities Association.

The Coyotes had several players picked to the all-CSAA’s defensive team.

Austin Hansen at lineman and Eric Grannis  at linebacker were on the first team. Adam Kehr on the line and Darrien Sweet at linebacker were on the second team.

Honorable mention players for the Coyotes were Taylor Pelton at linebacker and Patrick Jobes and P.J. Jones at defensive back.

Grannis, a 6-0, 195-pound linebacker, had 114 tackles with two sacks, two fumble recoveries and eight tackles for loss. He was voted the league’s top linebacker.

“Eric really stepped it up for us defensively,” Price said. “He was one of the most outstanding linebackers in the area if not in the state.”

Hansen, a 5-8, 205-pound lineman, was voted the league’s top defensive lineman. He had 45 tackles, two sacks and eight tackles for loss.

“He’s as tough as nails as a defensive lineman,” Price said. “He finds the ways to make plays. We’ll miss his efforts and contributions there.”

Kehr, a 6-0, 150-pound lineman, had 52 tackles, one sack, one force fumble, two fumble recoveries and three tackles for loss.

“I guess one word would be tough,” Price said. “He’s a wrestler type of kid. He’s not very big, but boy he battles every play and finds a way to get the job done.”

Sweet, a 6-1 195-pound senior, was also a clutch offensive lineman.

Pelton, a 6-2, 170-pound sophomore linebacker, had 111 tackles and four tackles for loss.

“He’s going to be a force to be reckoned with,” Price said. “He’s very physical and relentless on the field.

Jobes, a 5-8 150-pound junior, had 75 tackles and one interception as a defensive back.

“Patrick is a kid who really settled in for us,” Price said. “He’s an outstanding defensive player. He’s a very good tackler and had a great nose for the football.”

P.J. Jones, a senior had a strong season in the backfield with around 40 tackles.

“He’s an amazing kid who had a comeback year for us,” Price said. “We wouldn’t have been successful without his efforts.”