Reed City ushers in another season with Midnight Madness

REED CITY – Reed City’s football team started its bid for a sixth straight conference title by kicking off its practice season with the annual Midnight Madness Sunday night.

The practice, which ended at 1:30 a.m. before a crowd of around 100 spectators, was under the lights at the football field.

“We worked on our pass game so we installed our pass protection schemes for our basic play-action passes,” Reed City coach Monty Price said . “Obviously, we did a little bit of defensive pursuit and conditioning. At midnight, we don’t want to go too long so we try to keep it simple and get some conditioning in and get them ready to go. It’s pretty simple stuff at midnight.”

Among the Coyote seniors is Noah Moore, a left offensive tackle and right defensive tackle.

“This was a good time,” he said after the midnight practice. “It was neat being out here in front of the community and under the lights.”

There were 60 players at the midnight practice between the junior varsity and varsity squads.

“We fell a little short of what I was expecting,” Price said. “But it’s still a pretty good turnout in my opinion. Most of our kids were pretty consistent (with workouts) during the summer. I think this was the first Midnight Madness practice with conditioning where we didn’t have kids (vomiting) or sitting out. We had every kid finishing every sprint. We haven’t had that in awhile. I was proud of that. It goes to say our kids have put a lot of time in during the summer and were in a little better condition than in previous years.”

The midnight practice was only the beginning of a challenging three weeks leading into the season for the Coyotes. They were scheduled for three-a-day practices Tuesday through Thursday with two on Friday of this week.

“One practice will be focused on offensive concentration, one will be defensive concentration and one will concentrate on pass game offense and defense,” Price said.

Players will put full pads on Friday.

“But we won’t do much hitting on Friday,” Price said. “We won’t be ready to engage in much hitting. That will probably be Saturday or the following Monday when we start going.”

Saturday will feature a varsity practice from 10 to noon.

The Coyotes open their season at home with a nonleague game against North Muskegon on Aug. 26. They begin defense of their five straight Central State Activities Association (CSAA) titles with the league opener at home Sept 2 against Newaygo.