Senior linemen playing key roles for Coyotes

REED CITY — Dean Eichenberg and Jim Squires are two key Reed City football seniors who have played a big role in their team’s 4-0 start and hope to continue the team’s winning momentum in upcoming weeks.

Eichenberg has played left guard and is the kicker and punter for the Coyotes. This is his first varsity year as the kicker. He had that role as a freshman and sophomore. Last year he played left tackle on the varsity.

He’s been working on proper form on PATs. He had a 60-yard punt against Big Rapids.

“Keep your eye on the ball,” is a critical key behind being an effective kicker, Eichenberg indicated.

On the line, “we’ve been using our strength and knowing what they’re doing on defense and reading the key,” he said. “We’re focused and coming prepared.”

It’s Squires first year as starting center. He saw some line duty last season. He has played center in the past and noted after the first three games, there had been no fumbles from off the snap.

Getting out of the way of the pulling guard, “is the key in being a successful center in the Coyote offense,” Squires said. “I get off the ball pretty fast.”As for the team,”I think we can play better but our trapping is working pretty good,’ Squires said. “We need to strengthen our off tackle.”

The Coyotes who have had two straight 9-0 regular seasons, are off to a 4-0 start.

It’s been a fun season so far and can continue “as long as everyone tries their hardest,” Squires said.