Reed City football senior anxious to start season

REED CITY — It’s Troy Pelton’s senior season for the Reed City Coyotes and he’s hoping it will be his best one.

He and his teammates are going through their summer workouts in anticipation of the first day of practices on Aug. 10.

“It’s been a good summer,” he said last week at Reed City’s blocking camp. “There’s a lot of young kids coming out, more than we’ve ever had. Everyone is working hard. It should be a good year.”

Pelton plays linebacker for the Coyotes, who have won four straight Central State Activities Association titles. Summer work can go a long way, Pelton and his coaches point out, to have success during the fall.

“This puts us so much more ahead than everyone else,” Pelton said. “It gets us prepared. There’s definitely a big difference in kids that come to this than the kids that don’t.

“We go through basic stuff like (handling) the ball, three-point stance, basic stuff like that.”

Pelton said there’s a mixture of veteran and younger players. The summer helps the newer players get acclimated to the high school level.

Pelton also played basketball and baseball during the summer. For basketball, there’s still some shootarounds, he said, while baseball has ended for the summer.

Summer basketball “has been going pretty good,” he said. “We went up to Traverse City (late June) and played a lot of good teams and looked pretty good. Baseball went pretty good.”

It’s “equally” important in all three sports to have a summer program, Pelton said. “Football is up there.”

With football coming up soon, that’s the sport especially on Pelton’s mind. The season kicks off Aug. 28 at Baldwin.

“I’m looking to get faster and stronger to help me in all my sports,” he said.