Reed City lineman confident in football team’s future prospects


REED CITY — It’s been a productive first varsity football season for Reed City junior Schuyler Smith.

He’s been a tight end and outside linebacker for the Coyotes.

“I start when we got heavy, at tight end,” Smith said referring to when the team is focusing on the run.

He caught a touchdown pass against Chippewa Hills in the regular-season Central State Activities Association Gold Division finale that gave the Coyotes a share of the title.

“I remember the safety cutting in and I saw the end zone wide open,” he said. “Nolan (Patterson) threw a perfect pass to me.”

He’s also had a pair of two-point conversion receptions. The Coyotes rely heavily on the run with occasional passes. Smith obviously doesn’t mind seeing the ball in the air.

“It’s a lot of fun, but I like blocking,” Smith said, adding that as a receiver “my strengths are catching.”

He’s been able to have success at sustaining his block.

When it came to adjusting to the varsity level, “I thought it would be a lot more difficult,” he said. “But after a couple of weeks, I got into the flow of things.”

The Coyotes won five straight games after falling to Newaygo in week three to end a 31-game regular-season unbeaten streak.

“Losing to Newaygo was a changer in our season,” he said.

Reed City enjoyed sweet revenge 32-13 over the Lions in last Friday’s playoff opener.

Friday, the Coyotes play at Chippewa Hills in a Division 5 district title game.

“We have to keep our heads and can’t get overconfident,” Smith said, adding that the team has improved in discipline in recent weeks.