Reed City football program starts summer blocking camps

REED CITY — Blocking camp has become a summer tradition for the Reed City football program.

Coach Monty Price and his staff opened the first-day of the lineman camp Monday at the practice field.

The sessions are Mondays and Wednesdays for this week and the next two. Each one goes between 60 and 90 minutes.

The camp is open to anyone of high school-age regardless of position.

“We teach them some fundamental blocking skills,” Price said. “It’s a progression. We start with basic stuff, stances and starts. Then we go to some footwork stuff, first and second steps, surfaces, aiming points and all  that good stuff and all the intricate details that go along with being a good blocker.”

Price has had the camps every year and can see, early in the regular season, the benefits from summer work.

“We see more fruits of our labor in week one of it,” he said. “We get them thinking football. From a technical standpoint, it’s where we put our money. We want to be fundamentally and technically sound. You have to have those mini-camps and teach them the skills. Hopefully, that translates to Ws on the field.”

The blocking camp is among the many activities the Coyotes have taking place during the summer.

“We’ll go to Cadillac, 7-on-7 (passing camps) on Tuesdays,” Price said. “We have the blocking camps Monday and Wednesdays, and our last week of July is our skills camp.”

Price smiles while talking about the progress his players are making this summer. When the season starts on Aug. 28, the Coyotes will be pursuing their fifth straight Central State Activities Association title and second consecutive district crown.

“We’ve had a better turnout this year than any other year,” Price said. “So far, so good. We have a lot of young kids committed and are working hard.”

“It’s been a good summer with a lot of kids coming out,” senior linebacker Troy Pelton said.