Ringler playing key role in Reed City offense

REED CITY — It’s been a unique season for Reed City senior lineman Jacob Ringler (6-0, 270).

He’s an offensive tackle and defensive tackle, and starts on offense. He’s spent two years on varsity and has improved quite a bit from last year when he was injured part of the season.

Ringler fought torn ligaments in his ankle.

“That slowed me down,” he said, adding that he is at 100 percent. “I’ve improved a lot. It’s a lot more intense than JV. Everyone’s better. It happens faster and it takes awhile to learn the ways of the trade.”

Physical strength has been an asset for Ringler

The Coyotes are 7-0 after beating arch-rival Big Rapids and defeating Central Montcalm in the last two weeks.

“Everybody tries their hardest doing everything,” he said prior to the game. “You just execute what you do. We’ve been practicing hard and getting ready. We don’t want to lose to them. It’s always been a rivalry.

I want to get in better shape. I didn’t run much during (preseason) camp. I got off crutches halfway during two-a-days.”

Ringler has seen some action on defense

“We need to make sure we try our hardest and don’t slack, play for the team and not just for yourself,” he said.

The Coyotes play at home Friday night against Chippewa Hills for the Central State Activities Association Gold Division title.