REED CITY\u00a0\u2014 Not too many players returned from last season\u2019s 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\u2019s 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. \u201cIt went excellent,\u201d Straub said. \u201cFrom 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.\u201d This season, Straub is especially looking at being a major leader for the Coyotes. He\u2019s been playing defense three seasons and offense for two. \u201cI feel my strongest side is defense,\u201d he said, adding his strength defensively is \u201creading my keys and filling my holes.\u201d Straub prides himself as a hard-nosed running back who doesn\u2019t go down easily. It was a busy summer for Straub, getting in shape for what he\u2019s 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. \u201cWe made huge improvement from our skills camp (in late July) and are coming together as a junior and getting more physical,\u201d Straub said.