Reed City football team embarks on week-long camp

REED CITY — It was an unusual scene at the Reed City football practice field on Monday.

The Coyotes were starting their week-long camp but had another team sharing the field: Morley Stanwood.

A major difference this season for the two teams is they’re in different divisions of the Central State Activities Association and won’t be playing each other this fall.

“They’re going to the T (formation) and we’re helping them out, getting things installed,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “We’re working together to make sure they’re ready to go.”

The camp for Reed City ends on Thursday. But the Coyotes were scheduled to have the sessions on Wednesday and Thursday at Morley Stanwood.

The Coyotes have been covering the basics, fundamentals and techniques.

“We’ve taken what we’ve installed in our blocking camp, expanding it a little more and still focusing on fundamentals and techniques,” Price said.

The camp has been for grades nine through 12.

“It’s a very good turnout,” Price said. “Between the two schools, we had over 100 kids. (Morley Stanwood) was pleased with its numbers. We were mid 50s and close to 60s.”

It’s been a productive summer for the Coyotes.

“We’ve been doing what we’re doing now since 2009,” Price said. “Our youth program is doing it as well in the seventh and eighth grade. So it’s making the transition much quicker. We’re finding out we’re getting more done in the summer and kids are coming in with more knowledge and we’re able to go at a faster pace.”

The Coyotes will have a dead period next week as mandated by the MHSAA. Strength and conditioning can continue next week, but there can be no emphasis on football.

The first day of practices is Aug. 11. The season kicks off Aug. 28 at home against Baldwin.

Reed City has won three-straight CSAA titles with 9-0 records. The Coyotes have a 29-game winning streak in the regular season.