Soccer player giving boost to Reed City football team
REED CITY – Eric Reed’s foot was busy in October.
He’s not done yet.
The Reed City senior was among this soccer team’s leading scorers in helping the team win a district title. Starting with the eighth game of the season, he has also worked as a placekicker for the football team.
In a 64-0 win over White Cloud for homecoming week, Reed was busy kicking PATs. He didn’t play in the regular season-finale win at Lakeview because the soccer team was gearing up for its district title match with Ludington. Because Reed City lost its soccer regional match Wednesday to Unity Christian, Reed was able to kick for the football team against Kelloggsville on Friday. He’s expected to be the kicker Friday at home when the Coyotes play Grand Rapids West Catholic in the second round of the playoffs.
“It hasn’t affected his soccer,” Reed City coach Dave Mix said prior to the end of the soccer season
“He has a good leg,” said Reed City coach Monty Price, who had Reed kicking PATs and attempting field goals against White Cloud to start his 2011 football season
Without Reed, the Coyotes used other kickers, Price noted. But when Reed’s available, he’s Reed City’s No. 1 kicker.
Reed has not played football prior to this season. He started kicking the football informally and drew the Reed City football team’s attention. He pointed out that soccer would be his first commitment until the season ended.
Against White Cloud, he was 8-of-9. His field goal tries were no good.
But he did make some physical contact with a White Cloud player.
“The second half kickoff, I hit a kid and put him in the air and turned him straight sideways,” Reed said.
Friday, the Coyotes improved to 10-0 with a 41-15 win over Wyoming Kelloggsville at home. Reed booted five PATs.
Reed hasn’t played football in the past.
“This is the first time,” he said. “It kind of messes with the soccer strokes. It’s an extra thing you do. It’s not some thing I would have done all year. It’s a different stroke.”
On kickoffs, Reed has put the ball between the end zone and 5-yard-line.
It’s been a fun time of year for Reed with a 10-0 football team and district title-wining soccer squad.
“It’s been a great fall so far,” he smiled. “Hopefully we can keep up with it.”