Reed City football begins Gladiator sessions

 REED CITY — If it’s summer, it must mean football at Reed City.

The Coyotes coaching staff is busy with summer work including Gladiator training which started on Sunday and was followed by blocking camp on Monday.

The Coyotes enter the Michigan High School Athletic Association mandated dead week on Thursday and won’t resume action until next week. July will feature a lot of skills camps, 7-on-7 passing workouts and weight-lifting sessions.

Sessions, like other workouts for sports, are not mandated, but strongly encouraged by coaches. Football sessions are open for all high-school aged athletes.

Reed City has been doing the sessions at the practice field.

The Gladiator training includes dragging tires and trying to lift various-sized tires. It’s been a tradition for Reed City football for several years.

“We’re in full-conditioning gear,” Price said. “We’ll start our 7-on-7s and camps in July.”

Price has been pleased with the turnouts at the summer sessions.

“We’re getting around 50 every day,” he said. “We think that’s pretty good.”

Eric Grannis, now a Reed city assistant football coach, remember his days as player when he participated in the Gladiator trainings.

“The benefits are great,” he said. “We’d come here bust our butts for an hour and a half and would come out with a 9-0 season.”

The Coyotes have been 9-0 four of the last five regular seasons. They were district champs the year they went 7-2. They have won five straight Central State Activities Association titles.

Grannis said he played college football for Albion and didn’t hear from other players that they have done the same type of activity in high school. 

The weight room is open twice a week throughout the summer.