Reed City football seniors eager to take on Newaygo

REED CITY — Eric Grannis and Kyle Wright are two Reed City football seniors who would like to go out of their careers with a third straight Coyotes Central State Activities Association title.

To do that, they both realize a win at Newaygo against the Lions will be critical this Friday.

The Coyotes are off to a 3-0 start. So is Newaygo.

Grannis is playing tight end and inside linebacker and has been starting on defense.

“We’re playing as a team and playing hard and not giving up,” Grannis said. “I’m trying to fill more. Filling has been a big key in pass coverage for the entire team.”

Grannis is in his second varsity season and has improved from last fall.

“I’ve gotten bigger, faster and stronger,” he said. “I’ve learned more.”

Grannis said he’s been getting good reads.

“We get good reads as a team and execute,” he said.

Grannis indicated the team played well against Holton but perhaps could have finished stronger toward the end. He and his teammates realize a full four-quarter effort will be needed against Newaygo.

“We want to embrace the opportunity and go out and show what we can do,” he said. “We have to execute as a whole. Newaygo is probably one of the tougher games we’ll have in the season.”

Wright agrees.

“It will take a lot of heart and effort, it’s whoever wants it more,” he said.

Wright is a starting tight end and outside linebacker.

It’s his second year on varsity. He shared time on offense.

“I feel I’ve been playing good,” Wright said. “I’m trying to help the team.”

On offense, “I try to spring Jon (Green) loose. I’m a blocker. When the pass is called, I can get it.”

Wright has two receptions so far.

“I run good routes and have good hands,” he said. “I have decent size.”

His role on defense is to contain and be physical.

Wright said his team’s “good chemistry” has been among the reasons for its success.

“We have a good bond. We all trust each other,” he said, adding that in the 52-32 win last Friday over Holton, “we all executed very well and had no letdowns. We played solid.”