REED CITY — Ian MacDonald is in his third year with the Reed City Coyotes and realizes the challenges that are waiting the three-time defending Central State Activities Association champs.

The Coyotes are 1-1 in the CSAA after a recent 14-6 loss to Newaygo. But a 46-25 win over Calvin Christian last Friday got Reed City back on track.

MacDonald continues to play a key role as a two-way Coyote lineman.

His role “has changed a little bit because I’m pulling,” he said, adding that defensively, “nothing has really changed.”

The loss to Newaygo “changed our whole mindset,” MacDonald said. “We just have to come back ready to play.”

The Coyotes were more than ready to play in their next game with the 21-point win over Calvin Christian. MacDonald and the Coyotes expected a wide-open attack from the Squires and were able to hold them in check. Whether it be a fullhouse backfield or a spread offense, MacDonald indicated the Coyote defense is ready for anything.

MacDonald indicated his strength has improved as a lineman over the years. “I’m a lot smarter and more seasoned,” he said.

The Coyotes have home games in their next two contests with Grant and Big Rapids before finishing the regular season with a three-game road span. They would clinch a share of the CSAA title by winning their next four games.

“We’re trying to (make it to the playoffs) and get past districts this year,” MacDonald said.

The loss to Newaygo broke a 31-game regular-season winning streak but it was MacDonald’s hope that the sting of defeat “will make us come back even better.”

So far, so good.