Reed City lineman playing key role for Coyotes


REED CITY — Reed City’s football team is on a five-game winning streak and players like Dylan Chrispell are hoping that it continues for awhile.

The 5-foot-8, 190-pound junior center came in the last few games during the Evan Skiver injury. It’s his first full varsity season. It’s the first time he’s played center.

“They just needed somebody there and I stepped up,” he said.

The snap to the quarterback has been working well and the key for that is practice and good communication with the signalcaller, Chrispell said.

His job doesn’t stop with the snap.

“There’s normally somebody over me I hit and if not, there’s someone down from me that I hit,” Chrispell said. “It’s fun, entertaining. There’s always something to do pretty much.”

Chrispell enjoyed playing in the Central Montcalm game, which was the first of two impressive road victories for the Coyotes.

“We came out strong and stayed strong through the whole game,” Chrispell said, adding that as a lineman. “I’m strong and I’m pretty fast. I never give up in the middle of the play.”

As he looks ahead to the rest of the season, Chrispell still is focused on various challenges.

“I think I still need to learn more of the plays getting them down in my head,” he said. “I still need to be working hard every day.”

The Coyotes take a 7-1 record to Schoolcraft Friday night in the regular season finale.

“We’re playing better than when we started,” Chrispell said. “We’re getting better.”