REED CITY — Four days of skills camp ended last Wednesday for the Reed City Coyotes who now gear up for Monday and the start of preseason practice.

This first game is just 22 days away with Big Rapids coming to Reed City on Aug. 29 for the season opener.

Eric Grannis will be in his senior season as a tight end and middle linebacker.

“Defensively, we’ve been doing run fits, learning our schemes and pass drops,” he said. “Offensively, we’ve been working on technique, learning a few plays and practicing our plays.”

Reed City previously had blocking camps.

“I think we had over 20 varsity guys show up (at skills camp),” Grannis said. “I’ve been to every single workout so far.” Grannis estimated that’s been more than 30 workouts, an increase from last season.

“I think it’s going to help a lot...bigger, faster, stronger,” he said.

Prior to the start of practices next Monday, the Coyotes will continue with weight-lifting and will prepare for camp.

Dean Eichenberg, a lineman  noted that running plays and focusing on footwork were among the key elements of the skills camp.

“We’re running a lot of plays now instead of just a lot of footwork,” Eichenberg said after the camp. “We learned different plays every day.”

Eichenberg also had a busy summer, which will help, he said. With back-to-back 9-0 regular seasons, the enthusiasm is strong, he noted.