Reed City kicks off season at Baldwin

REED CITY  — Reed City opens with Baldwin for the second straight football season and the Coyotes will be looking for their second straight victory.

The Coyotes are coming off a 9-3 season which included the school’s first district title.

Coach Monty Price’s team competed Thursday in a multi-team scrimmage at Muskegon Catholic Central.

“I thought our effort was good,” Price said “We didn’t have any glaring issues we needed to fix or work on. There were lots of minor things, first steps, tackling, a couple of things here and there. We just need to focus on techniques and fundamentals and get a little bit better with the little things.”

Price said on Monday his starting quarterback wouldn’t be announced until later in the week with senior Leland Yonkin and junior Derrick Rasor competing for the job.

“They both had a good scrimmage,” Price said. “They both did different things well. I feel very comfortable playing either one of them.”

Reed City is expected to bring a large contingent of fans and provide Baldwin with one of its highest attended home games in recent memory. Baldwin athletic officials indicated they would bring more bleachers to the visiting side to accommodate the expected large turnout.

“I hope we can sharpen some things up this week,” Price said. ‘‘We’re going against Baldwin and we know they will have good athletes and will throw the ball a lot. We’ll prepare hard, and try to make sure we can limit our mistakes and play sound defensive football, especially in regards to tackling.”

Price indicated the 2015 Reed City team could closely resembles those in the past in terms of style and techniques.

“But we’ll see as the season unfolds,” he said. “There’s still a lot of season left and a lot of time to figure out what this team is made of and what our strengths and weaknesses are. I think that will unfold and come to light in the next couple of weeks.”