REED CITY \u2014 Midnight came on Monday and so did the start of another Reed City football season. Coach Monty Price and Reed City staff welcomed 70 players on all three levels to the first practice at midnight on Monday to open the preseason, which will lead to the opener on Aug. 26 at home against Big Rapids. \u201cWe\u2019re still expecting one or two more,\u201d Price said. \u201cTonight, we focused a little bit on defensive pursuit and tackling and worked on our passing game.\u201d The midnight kickoff has been a tradition for several years at Reed City. \u201cIt\u2019s different. I think we started it in 2005 and it took off,\u201d he said. \u201cThe kids have a little tradition of dressing a little cray and the community comes out to support it. It\u2019s stood the test of a few years and will probably be here when I\u2019m long gone.\u201d Since the field is in a neighborhood and the practice goes from midnight to 1:30 a.m., Price said the neighbors might complain of noise \u201csometimes. But I think when they realize it\u2019s for the kids, we don\u2019t get too much flack for it.\u201d Practices continue during regular daylight hours the rest of the week. Many of the players came into the preseason with a strong summer resume. \u201cA majority have, about 55 of them were at most of our camps,\u201d Price said. \u201cSo we have a handful that haven\u2019t but we\u2019ll catch them up quick. Those that are here, I\u2019m pleased with their progress. They\u2019re right up to speed.\u201d Keith Fink, a senior right tight end, is among the returning Reed City seniors anxious to get the season started. \u201cWe had a pretty good season,\u201d he said of the 2010 campaign that ended at 6-4 after a loss to Menominee in the playoffs. \u201cI feel like this one is going to be better. Everyone is going to step it up this year. I feel we\u2019re capable of doing what we did last year and more.\u201d Fink worked on football just about every day during the summer to stay in shape for football. He\u2019ll be focusing mostly on blocking to support the run-oriented Reed City offense with some occasional pass catching. He\u2019ll play noseguard on defense. \u201cI\u2019m quick over the linemen,\u201d he said.