REED CITY -- The defending Central State Activities Association football champion Reed City Coyotes had just completed a Monday practice, But senior Jordon Rolston was emphasizing the point that his teammates needed to pick up the intensity by several notches. Rolston and the Coyotes, who were 9-0 during the regular season and CSAA champs a year ago, are at Big Rapids Friday to open the season. "We weren't where we want to be. We have to be more intense, it's BR, it's a rivalry," he said. "We have to come out every day and be at our best." Reed City scrimmaged Thursday at Montague against the host school, plus Muskegon Catholic Central and Shelby. "I was really happy with it," Rolston said. "We really came together." Rolston will start at middle linebacker for Reed City and may also see some action at running back. "Last year I did really good but I'm still looking for improvement," he said. "I just want to be more aggressive, flying to the ball." It's his last year with Reed City football so Rolston is determined to be an effective leader. "We have a lot back from last year," he said. "We're full of seniors and full of talent." This season defense should establish a reputation for being aggressive with "everyone flying to the ball," Rolston said. "Our offensive line is real strong and we have a lot of running backs. Last year is last year, This is a new year." Against Big Rapids, "we need to be smart. They'll try to get outside on us and we'll have to keep them in," Rolston said.