Reed City football team going through summer skills camp

REED CITY — Summer football isn’t quite over for the Reed City Coyotes.

This is skills camp week with two-hour evening sessions every day from Sunday through Thursday.

Monday marked the second day of camp at the Coyote practice site.

“We were pretty close to 60 (Sunday),” coach Monty Price said. “We hope to have several other kids, especially soon to be freshmen kids that aren’t here. Numbers are real positive. They’re possibly a little higher (than in the past). But it’s about in the ballpark.”

The Coyotes had to battle hot weather, especially on Sunday.

“It was humid (Sunday) night, then we got some rain,” Price said. “There was no thunder or lightning late and we were able to get it in.”

Like any practice time when it’s hot, Coyote coaches stressed drinking “lots of water” to their players.

“We’re beginning to install all the things we do offensively and defensively, at least the foundational stuff, with an extremely fundamental technique emphasis,” Price said.

On Saturday, the Coyotes will partake in a passing camp at Alma College. Next week focuses on strength and conditioning.

“We have five or six (opponents) that we’ve been scheduled,” Price said. “We’ve been to Cadillac, Cedar Springs and Lake City.”

Last year’s starting quarterback Leland Yonkin graduated. Senior Derrick Rasor returns to that spot. Sophomore Jackson Price is also working with the team.

“Those are the two we’re looking at for the varsity level,” Monty Price said.