REED CITY — Kicking off the football practice schedule at midnight on the first day has been a tradition the past several years for the Reed City Coyotes.

They will continue it this year, and wouldn’t mind also extending their 29-game regular season unbeaten streak once the fall campaign begins.

Midnight madness goes until 1:15 a.m. Three-a-day practices will continue until Thursday. Friday will be an off day for the annual athletic golf outing. Another practice is set for Saturday

The midnight practices started around 10 years ago and Price smiled while noting it remains a popular tradition.

“I’m getting a little too old for it, but it’s popular with everybody,” he chuckled. 

Price indicated coaches are hoping to have around 30 players on varsity and 25 on the junior varsity. The Coyotes finished their summer schedule with a four-day camp that included Morley Stanwood’s football players. The first two days were at Reed City with the final two at Morley Stanwood.

“It’s good to see fresh bodies,” Morley Stanwood coach Clark Huntey said. “The last couple years, I haven’t had enough kids to even scrimmage against each other and that’s where Reed City’s been a big help.”

Due to the expansion in the CSAA to 13 teams for the 2014-15 prep sports season that has split the conference into two divisions, the Coyotes and Mohawks won’t be seeing each other on the gridiron this regular season. Reed City had around 60 players at the camp.

“We did it many years ago with Farwell,” Price said. “The big benefit is you get to utilize a lot of different coaches. The kids get to meet kids from different schools and go through the same drills and installation of offensive and defensive concepts. You have other kids from other schools motivating you to be at your best. It’s a benefit for everyone involved.”

The Coyotes will be focusing on getting ready for the opener at home Aug. 28 with Baldwin.

“We’re very pleased with where we’re at,” Price said. “Our seniors have been in the system now for four years and we’ve had some kids that have played on the varsity since they were sophomores. I think we’re ahead of pace of were we’re normally at for any given year. I think that’s attributed to consistency of what we do and who our coaches are. We’re pleased and optimistic our kids will come out and work hard to be successful.”

Pioneer sports editor Greg Buckner contributed to this report.