Reed City junior hopes to use brief varsity exposure to his advantage

REED CITY —  Dilan Hooper got a taste of varsity football action for the Reed City football program last year and is looking to broaden his horizons this season.

Hooper, a junior, was moved up to the varsity for playoffs last season. He was among around six players that saw that move. It gave him a chance to practice with the varsity team.

"It showed us what this year is going to be like and what they're expecting," he said. "We saw how much more intense everybody is, and how much everybody relies on each other to do their job.

Hooper is a defensive tackle and offensive end. He had a productive summer when it came to weight-lighting, conditioning, camps and various workouts.

"I didn't miss anything," he said. "It's a big advantage, you get stronger. If you go (to the camps) you know more plays and what you're doing. It gets you in shape."

Even though he didn't see varsity game action, Hooper said being brought up helped him know what to expect for this year. He's looking to be especially effective on offense this season.

This marks the second full week of football practices. Prior to the first week, Hooper was participating in weight-lifting workouts during down week. He and his teammates ushered in the practice week on Aug. 8 with Midnight Madness.

The Coyotes will be scrimmaging this week and then start their regular season on Aug. 26 against North Muskegon. They open defense of their five straight Central State Activities Association titles on Sept. 2 with Newaygo. Both are home games.