REED CITY — Collin Hatfield and Taylor Pelton have been among the performers playing various roles in Reed City’s 5-0 start so far this season.

Hatfield had a 27-yard touchdown run that turn into the winning points during week 4 against the Newaygo Lions.

“It was exciting, the first one of the year,” Hatfield said. “The line did a great job. The hole was huge. It was 34 tunnel, From the snap of the ball, I got it, saw the hole and ran (off tackle).”

Hatfield, a sophomore, is in his first varsity season. He’s been playing some cornerback.

“I have to stay strong,” he said of his role as a varsiy running back. “The game here is a lot faster.”

Prior to the key win last Friday over Lakeview, the Coyotes survived a showdown with Newaygo.

“We executed and made the plays when we had to,” Hatfield said. “We’ve made big stops and big plays. Everyone is contributing. It’s a whole team effort.”

Against a team like Chippewa Hills, “we have to stay disciplined,” Hatfield said.

Pelton, a sophomore had 14 tackles from his middle linebacker spot against Newaygo. He found out during summer he was going to play on varsity.

“I was excited,” he said. “I knew I had to rise up to the challenge. Our defensive line has been making it easy for us to get tackles.”

The Coyotes “rose to the challenge and played very well,” against Newaygo, Pelton recalled, adding that going to the right holes” is an aspect of his game in which he’s working to improve.

“We have a very successful offense, our linemen have been doing a good job,” he said. “We’ve had solid defensive games so far.”

The Coyotes are four wins away from their third straight 9-0 regular season.

“It’s been a blast,”said Pelton. “Every team is giving their best against us.”