Straub set for huge senior season with Coyotes

REED CITY — Not too many players returned from last season’s Reed City football team, which won its fifth straight Central State Activities Association title.

Straub, in his senior year, had a big season opener in his team’s 32-9 win over North Muskegon. He gained 84 yards on 15 carries.

He also played last year as a running back and linebacker. The Coyotes went 10-0 before losing a close game to Division 5 eventual state champion Grand Rapids West Catholic.

“It went excellent,” Straub said. “From sophomore to junior, I made huge improvement contact wise. Sophomore year, I was a little scared, but my junior year, I got into it and fell into my own environment.”

This season, Straub is especially looking at being a major leader for the Coyotes.

He’s been playing defense three seasons and offense for two.

“I feel my strongest side is defense,” he said, adding his strength defensively is “reading my keys and filling my holes.”

Straub prides himself as a hard-nosed running back who doesn’t go down easily.

It was a busy summer for Straub, getting in shape for what he’s determined will be his best football season.

The Coyotes open defense of their five straight CSAA titles on Friday with the Gold Division opener against Newaygo. During preseason, Straub realized this could be a strong team.

“We made huge improvement from our skills camp (in late July) and are coming together as a junior and getting more physical,” Straub said.