Running back, return specialist making key contributions for RC

REED CITY -- Sophomores and special teams have been getting the job done for the undefeated Reed City Coyotes so far this season.

The Coyotes have two sophomores including Jonathan Green at running back and linebacker.

Meanwhile, junior back Joshua Saez has been enjoying touchdown success with his returning ability.

Green found out during the preseason he’d be on the varsity and has been getting the job done.

“I like it,” he said. “I’m small and I’m fast. I got up to the JV last year and have been playing with bigger kids.”

As for his performance so far this season, “I feel I’ve done my part,” Green said.

Against Holton, Green gained 47 yards, the previous week against Morley Stanwood, he gained 83 yards.

Going into the Holton game, which would put the Coyotes at 3-0, Green said Reed City had not been playing “as good as we should have.” Individually, as a running back, Green would relish the ability to “run people over.”

This Friday night, the Coyotes host Newaygo in a battle of 3-0 teams.

“We have the potential to do what we did last year,” Green said, referring to a 9-0 regular season record.

Ian MacDonald is the only other sophomore for the Coyotes.

“They’re both doing very good,” Price said. “Our policy (for sophomores on the varsity) is they have to be starting at least one way. We don’t want to pull up a kid and have him sitting down. They’re both contributing a great deal. They’re learning as they go and are doing a great job for us.”

Saez, in his junior year is in his first varsity season. He’s listed as an offensive and defensive back.

Against Holton, Saez had a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown. He had an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Morley Stanwood. It’s his first varsity season.

On the kickoff return, Saez said it was simply following his blockers and then exploded for daylight. The speed and physicalness of the players, Saez noted, was the biggest adjustment he had to make from junior varsity to varsity. Like his teammates, Saez hopes to see continual improvement.

“Special team touchdowns are great momentum changers,” said Reed City coach Monty Price. “It’s a blessing to go out there and get a strike like that.”