Reed City linebacker set for Saturday’s All-Star game

REED CITY — Taylor Pelton has one more high school game to play.

The former Reed City linebacker will be playing in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association All-Star game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Saginaw Valley State University.

For the 2015 season, which featured a fifth straight Central State Activities Association Gold Division title, Pelton had 106 tackles, nine tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one sack, one interception and five pass break-ups.

“Taylor was the most dominant defensive player in the area,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “He’s one of the most physical players that I’ve ever coached.”

Pelton said he was invited to send a highlight film to the All-Star coaches. Earlier in the spring, he was told he made the team.

“We’ve had two practices,” he said. “We had a practice at Grand Valley and another one in Mount Pleasant.”

He was scheduled to go to SVSU on Wednesday to begin a three-day practice schedule to get ready for Saturday.

Pelton, also an offensive lineman at Reed City, was told he’ll be playing linebacker.

Pelton is the first Reed City player ever selected to play for the West.

“It feels great,” he said. “I want to have fun, but it should be a very competitive game.”

Pelton will be joining the football program this fall at Michigan Technological University.

“I might be a little rusty,” Pelton said, but added that while he’s continued to get in shape for football during the offseason, he’s also helped himself physically by running track and playing basketball. He doesn’t expect the warm weather to be a negative factor, considering his Reed City teams have practiced and played in hot temperatures during past seasons.

Persons can preorder tickets for Saturday’s game on-line at the MHSFCA website,, for $5 through Wednesday or at the gate for $10.