Reed City sophomore hopes to get ready for winter, spring sports



REED CITY – Xavier Allen is a sophomore who was a quarterback and a defensive back for a CSAA and district championship team at Reed City this season.

He and his teammates had been hoping to put a 9-0 record on the line and play a home regional title game two weeks ago against Freeland.

But a COVID related matter forced the Coyotes to cancel the game. But he had been ready to go.

“It’s cold,” he smiled during an outdoor practice in late December. “We’ll hopefully finish strong.”

During a 9-0 start, Allen saw some action at quarterback. He had some touchdown passes and also played at defensive back. He had one interception.

“I like pass defense a lot,” he said. “It’s all about the reads the coaches give us.”

During the shutdown in sports, Allen said he did whatever he could at home to stay in shape.

The Coyotes were hopeful, he said, of getting back in the groove to prepare for another strong run in the playoffs. He was hopeful the home field advantage would help the Coyotes against Freeland.

“Ball control will be a key,” he said.

The Coyotes weren’t able to play that game. But Allen, who did play varsity basketball last year, was still hoping to get a chance for hoops this winter. Since the state health department said on Friday contact sports such as basketball can’t compete, it’s not quite sure what the immediate future might be for the program.

He said his favorite sport is between basketball and baseball. He’s also hoping for a baseball season after it was canceled last spring.