Reed City football team at Montague scrimmage on Thursday

REED CITY — It’s another critical week for the Reed City football team.

The Coyotes are in their second week of preseason work and head to a scrimmage at Montague on Thursday.

“I thought we had a good camp,” Reed City coach Monty Price said of workouts last week. “The kids worked hard. There was very little complaining. They were very receptive to what we were trying to get completed with fundamental focus and technique focus and consistently improving on the small things.”

Opponents on Thursday will be Cadillac, Ludington and Shelby. It will be 15 minutes offense and 15 minutes defense against each team.

“We want to come out with no injuries and equally as important is we want to compete and play very physical football,” Price said. “It’s a big indicator for us because it’s the first time you’re playing against someone else, other than your teammates. You really find out who’s competitive and who’s physical and who can overcome adversity. It’s a pretty big things for us.”

Reed City only returns two starters on offense and three on defense from a team last season that won the school’s fifth straight Central State Activities Association title.

“We graduated a lot,” Price said.

Jackson Miller and Logan Straub return on offense while Straub, Trent Sturgell and Brandon Evans are back on defense.

“We have lot of new faces and currently are looking at seven or eight sophomores to be on the varsity as well,” Price said. “We’ve got new face and we’re young.”

The Coyotes will have a shorter practice on Wednesday, Price said. There will be no practice on Friday.

The season opens Aug. 26 at home against North Muskegon. The first CSAA game is home Sept. 2 against Newaygo.