Reed City junior giving Coyotes another strong backfield weapon

REED CITY — Reed City boasts a running attack where defenses can’t focus on one player. In fact, they can’t focus on two.

Jon Green and Andre Jones provide a tough one-two punch out of the backfield for the Coyotes. But it’s more like a three-man punch with junior Collin Hatfield contributing his talents to the mix.

In a recent 48-14 win over Tri County, that gave the Coyotes a 2-0 start, Hatfield rushed for 89 yards. Reed City gained more than 500 yards rushing as a team against the Vikings.

Hatfield made his varsity debut last year when the Coyotes rolled up their third straight 9-0 regular season record.

“I thought we did really good,” he said. “It’s a whole other team this year. There’s a lot of things we can work on still. A lot of seniors (graduated) but a lot of guys have been stepping up for them.”

Hatfield indicated he’s been able to show improvement so far this season.

“My blocking is getting a lot better and I’m playing defense this year,” he said, adding that having Jones and Green in the backfield to make for a deeper running attack is extremely beneficial for the Coyote attack. “We’re all similar. We all have good speed and awareness.”

Nolan Patterson has taken over at quarterback for the Coyotes, but that hasn’t changed the offense, Hatfield indicated.

“Nolan has stepped up and has done really good,” Hatfield said, adding that he would likely be involved in the passing game “if the play is there.”

On defense Hatfield is at cornerback, which had him focusing on defense.

The Coyote pass defense was tested against Baldwin’s Brandon Childress in the season opener.

“Childress is good,” Hatfield said. “He can throw.”

The Coyotes lost to Newaygo Friday night and host Calvin Christian this week.

“I think we can potentially be just as good or better (from least season),” Hatfield said. “We have to work hard at practice.”

It’s a one-game-at-time mentality for the Coyotes. But Hatfield admits they would be having another big year. They can’t go 9-0 but still have plenty of goals to pursue

“The coaches have pushed us to step up,” Hatfield said.