Reed City senior looking forward to injury-free 2013 campaign

REED CITY — Derrick Lodholtz is among the Reed City seniors who enjoyed their final Midnight Madness practice to open the season on Sunday.

But Lodholtz and the Coyotes are especially focusing on a regular season that starts Aug. 29 and which he hopes will result in their third straight Central State Activities Association title.

Lodholtz is a senior tight end and outside linebacker for the Coyotes. He tore his achilles during camp and didn’t see action until late in the 2012 season. But he’s at 100 percent right now and is anxious to fill in the gap from a missed season and have a fun 2013.

“It was frustrating being my junior year,” he said. “It happens. You just have to go out.” He was happy to be able to get in some time late in the season. He had a very active summer to get ready for this season, Reed City coach Monty Price said.

“We should have another good year,” Lodholtz said.

The Midnight opening was fun to have Coyote fans come out and watch, Lodholtz said.

But now, the Coyotes have two weeks to get ready for the opener.

“Overall, we can get better everywhere,” he said.

Big Rapids, Newaygo, Chippewa Hills and Lakeview will be among the teams the Coyotes will see huge challenges from, Lodholtz added.