Tomaski fills in nicely for Coyotes



REED CITY -- One aspect of Reed City's football program which has fueled the Coyotes success in past seasons has been its depth.

This was highlighted in a Coyote late-season battle with Newaygo when Landen Tomaski filled in for an injury and had a huge night with 157 yards and two touchdowns and helped the Coyotes almost win a close 41-38 verdict.

"I had to step it up," Tomaski, who has been a backup most of the time, said. "I'm pretty fast. In the open field, no one can catch me."

"He came in and did a heckuva job filling in, running behind the line and making plays," Reed City coach Scott Shankel said. "That's been our mentaliity, someone goes down, next man up. I'm very proud of him in that role."

The Coyotes (6-4) lost at Kingsley (9-0) 48-36 on Friday in a predistrict game.

It's Tomaski's junior season and first year on varsity.

The biggest transition to varsity has been "mental focus," he said.

The loss to Newaygo, which denied Reed City's bid for an eighth straight league title, made it a must win for the Coyotes a week ago.

"We can still go to the playoffs, we just have to focus on Pine River," Tomaski said prior to his team's regular season-ending win over the Bucks, which put the Coyotes in the postseason for the 10th straight year.