Reed City lineman enjoys playoff success


REED CITY  — The Reed City offensive and defensive lines played a huge role in the team’s playoff success and two-way starter T.J. Patterson was right in the middle of it all.

Patterson and the Coyotes played at Grand Rapids West Catholic Friday in the Division 5 regional title game and lost 56-28. But the previous weekend, they were able to bask in the glow of the school’s first district title with a 22-21 win over Chippewa Hills. The line on both sides, of which Patterson is a part, enjoyed a productive season.

He played left offensive and right defensive tackle. He considers that he’s played both equally well. His favorite position is defensive tackle.

The Coyotes opened the playoffs with a 32-13 revenge win over Newaygo, which might have been his team’s best defensive game, Patterson indicated. Stopping their top running back from getting good yardage was a key.

“It feels nice beating them,” Patterson said.

The best offensive game might have been that one or the 60-point performance over Chippewa Hills during the regular season, Patterson indicated.

The challenge in the playoffs against the Warriors would be the passing game, Patterson added. But there was no question the hunger the Coyotes had for their first ever district title.

“We want this one bad,” Patterson said entering the game. Patterson wound up with seven tackles against the Warriors.

Patterson has been contacted by some schools for a college football future, but indicated he might become more involved in that process after the high school season.