Reed City football team continues with lineman camps

REED CITY — Reed City football coach Monty Price continues to work with his players during July while also starting to determine who various leaders will be for the Coyotes this season, including at quarterback.

Monday marked the third blocking camp of the summer for Reed City at the practice field. The camp has attracted about 50 players during the 90-minute session.

“It’s basic fundamentals, blocking in particular for our linemen and backs, and some real basic introduction to the game of football,” Price said.

The Coyotes have had four 7-on-7s at Cadillac, Alma College and Central Michigan. Additional 7-on-7s are set for Tuesdays at Cadillac.

The Coyotes had Chad Samuels at quarterback the last three seasons. He has graduated and now the Coyotes are working with two QBs, with one of them slated to be Samuels’ replacement.

“Right now we’re working with Patrick Jobes and Nolan Patterson,” Price said of two Coyote seniors. “They both were quarterbacks last year as backups to Chad, with Nolan coming off his foot injury. He had a little bit of a late start last year but served us well.”

The Reed City football team will be finishing through July and will get ready for the first day of camp Aug. 11. The program’s skills camps are set for July 28-31. A scrimmage at Montague Aug. 21 will be followed by the home opener Aug. 28 with non-league foe Baldwin.

Price likes the progress his team has been making. The Coyotes are coming off three straight 9-0 regular seasons.

“Obviously, the kids that have been in the program are picking up the pieces where we left off back in November and I’m seeing some great things with our young kids coming up from our youth program,” Price said. “They’re doing the same stuff we’re doing; a lot of basic fundamentals and techniques are translating quite well. We’re seeing a great transition into the high school program.”