Reed City linebacker eyes improved junior season


REED CITY — Taylor Pelton had a memorable season as a sophomore on the Reed City football team and is hoping his junior campaign will prove to be even more enjoyable.

This is the second week of practice for the Coyotes who open Aug. 28 at home with Baldwin.

Pelton was a linebacker for the Coyotes, who went 9-0 and won the CSAA title the third straight season. This season, he is set to play left guard and middle linebacker.

On offense last season he was a running back.

“I like it, it’s fun,” Pelton said, adding that it’s the first time he’s played that position. “I told coach wherever they needed me, that’s where I wanted to be at.”

As a linebacker, he’s looking forward to another steady season.

“I thought I played pretty good,” he said. “This year, I’m stronger and faster. It’s going to be a lot more exciting this year.”

Pelton likes the defense’s potential this season.

“It’s going to be very hard to run on us, I think,” he said. “We have three very big defensive linemen in front of me. It should be fun.”

Pelton considers himself more than capable of reading and reacting to plays on defense.

“I’m pretty good at it. I’m pretty quick on my feet,” he said. “I’ve improved a lot. I’ve gotten stronger, quicker, and able to read the ball quicker. I know what to look for as far as guards pulling.”

Pelton had a busy summer, along with his teammates, to get ready for 2014. “It think it’s going to pay off this year,” he said.

This marks the second week of practices.

“This week, we’re going hard,” he said. “I think Reed City has a lot of potential this year. I think we’re better than we have been. We have to stay healthy and go as hard as we can every down.”

Pelton expects Newaygo to be among the main challenges as the Coyotes bid for another CSAA title.