Reed City lineman remains optimistic Coyotes will have success


REED CITY — The Reed City offensive line, like the rest of the Coyote football team, is anxious to get back on the winning track with Grandville Calvin Christian coming to town this Friday night.

Senior starting center Evan Skiver (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) is among the players anxious to start another streak after Newaygo ended Reed City’s 31-game in a row regular season mark last Friday in a 14-6 setback.

The offensive line remains a formidable tool for the Coyotes. Skiver played offensive and defensive tackle last season as a backup. He did a lot of offseason work to get ready for 2014.

Last season, Skiver recalls attempting the center spot and trying to focus on getting down the techniques off the snap.

“I have big hands and I put my thumb on the laces,” Skiver said. “It was getting the snap fast enough to (quarterback Nolan Patterson) so we would feel comfortable with it.”

Skiver has felt comfortable with getting off the snap and then hitting a defensive player. He recalls in the opener against Baldwin that the Panthers continued to make movements defensively.

“They tried to trick me,” he said, adding that Baldwin might have been throwing him somewhat off stride “for a little while. It didn’t last long. Tri County did the same thing but it didn’t work.

“I don’t change at all. My role stays the same.”

Skiver also is starting at defensive tackle.

“I can be quick off the ball,” he said. “I can dominate the guys in front of me. Just give me the opportunity.”

Prior to the Newaygo game, Skiver acknowledged the offense had gotten off to slow starts.

“We kick it in at the half and persevere,” he said. “Once we get it going, we get it going.”

The Coyotes struggled against Newaygo offensively and hope to rebound Friday at home against Calvin Christian.

“We’re ready to go,” Skiver said prior to a recent game. “We have good team chemistry.”