Reed City sophomore lineman doing job both ways

REED CITY  — Sophomores continue to play a key role for Reed City’s football team this fall including starting two-way lineman Michael Johnson.

During summer camp, Johnson got the inkling that he could be playing on the varsity this season.

“I thought I had a good chance to be on varsity since they had both of the positions by players that had graduated,” he said. “It’s mostly the size. On JV, I was used to going up against people my size. On JV, they’re much bigger than me.”

Johnson eventually adjusted to the varsity level.

“I was pretty nervous the first few games but I think I’ve settled in,” he said.

Johnson is a left tackle on offense.

“I feel that I do my job pretty well,” he said. “I can pick up the linebacker pretty well.”

He’s also a tackle on defense.

“I try to make sure no one gets by me and gets to the linebacker,” Johnson said. “I feel that I’m doing pretty good.”

He indicated he’s been effective in getting off his block.

Johnson indicated offense might be his best position.

“On defense, I’d like to get to the guards and get faster off the ball,” he said.

Reed City is 8-0 and last week clinched its sixth straight Central State Activities Association Gold Division title.

“We feel we need to continue the tradition,” Johnson said.

The key in upcoming games is “working hard all week,” he added.