Reed City's Stephen Shewan posts strong defensive season

Stephen Shewan
Stephen Shewan

REED CITY — Reed City faced many tough offenses this season and, led by players like junior linebacker Stephen Shewan, the Coyotes have passed the test.

Saginaw Swan Valley was expected to give the Coyotes another huge test on Saturday in the Division 5 semifinal football game at Greenville. Swan Valley prevailed 29-14 and Reed City’s season ended.

Shewan had two key fumble recoveries in Reed City’s 46-34 championship win over Menominee for the region title on Nov. 11.

“You see the ball on the ground and you have to get it,” Shewan said. “I was just making the play. I thought our run defense was great (against Menominee). They were really tough. They run the ball hard.”

“Stephen is extremely fundamental and technically sound,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “He is one of the smartest kids we have ever had the opportunity to coach. When teams tried to run away from Zack (Wirgau), they had Stephen to deal with... who is equally talented. Stephen has the speed of a second-level player which creates challenges for the opponents.”

The win over Menominee gave Reed City its first trip to the state semifinal.

“It’s our first (regional title) in history,” Shewan said. “It’s huge. It’s major.”

Shewan played in the 2016 regional title game which Menominee won 40-14.

“This year, we had a good game plan and we knew we could win,” he said. “Every day we come to practice and work hard. We had lots of confidence.”