Reed City senior ready to lead Coyote football team


REED CITY — Patrick Jobes and other seniors for the Reed City Coyotes are ready to go for another banner season.

This is Jobes’ second varsity season. He was on last year’s squad that went 9-0 and won the Central State Activities Association title. It was the third straight 9-0 regular season for the Coyotes. He played cornerback and running back.This fall, Jobes is looking at cornerback and wide receiver.

Reflecting on the 2013 campaign, Jobes was basically satisfied.

“I played good for being a first-year varsity player,” he said. “I could have been better on some things. Overall, it was a really good season.”

As a cornerback, Jobes will be looking to come up and make key tackles. Last season, he made an interception in the first game of the season against Big Rapids.

Offensively, he hopes to help a passing attack led by senior Nolan Patterson, in his first year at quarterback.

The Coyotes are in their third week of practices. They open the season Thursday at home with Baldwin and are coming off a scrimmage last Thursday.

“I thought we did pretty good,” Jobes said. “Our defense was good. We had Trent Sturgell come up, a sophomore, and made some good plays. Running, we did really good. There’s stuff where we can do better. Our blocking was good. There’s always things you can do better on.”

Reed City enters this season with a 29-game regular-season winning streak.

The Coyotes will face a Baldwin team that boasts quarterback Brandon Childress, labeled by one statewide news service as among the top 25 players to watch this season.

“There’s a lot of hype about Childress,” Jobes said. “We expect him to be one of the best players. We have to keep him contained, we can’t let him run or pass and stuff.”