REED CITY — The regular season kickoff is only eight days away with Reed City getting ready for its Aug. 28 opener with Baldwin at home.

But first the Coyotes have a date Thursday at Montague for scrimmage action against Ludington, Shelby and Cadillac.

The Coyotes play each team for 30 minutes with 15 minutes on offense and 15 on defense.

Coach Monty Price was happy with how his team looked in week one of practice last Monday through Friday.

“We got a lot of accomplished,” he said. “The kids feel good where they’re at.”

But Thursday’s scrimmage will serve a vital purpose.

“We want to see how competitive we are,” Price said. “We’ll keep a close eye on execution and executing assignments.”

Price likes the caliber of teams his squad will be playing in the scrimmage to get ready for the season debut. It also helps solidify decisions on who will be starting at various spots.

“The scrimmage is our big indicator,” Price said. “We think it’s very competitive. It give us a true assessment of where we’re at.”

Teams usually don’t watch films on teams they scrimmage, unlike the procedure taken against regular-season opponents. Coaches and players usually watch films at length against their nine regular-season foes.

“You can’t prepare for a scrimmage. This is a scrimmage and you don’t know what you’ll see,” Price said. “Sometimes, you have to change things on the fly. We’ll spend all day this Friday, evaluating our execution (from Thursday’s scrimmage).” 

The Coyotes have a road game Sept. 5 at Tri County, then have four consecutive home appearances.