Reed City Opens 2016 with Midnight Practice
REED CITY – Fresh off its fifth consecutive Central State Activities Association football championship, Reed City kicked off its 2016 season with its annual midnight practice Monday morning.
Riding a 17-game league win streak, the Coyotes enter their 18th season under the direction of coach Monty Price, who has guided Reed City to six straight winning seasons and four 10-win seasons in the last five years.
"I think that our kids love it. It’s kind of been our tradition,” Price said on Reed City’s annual midnight practice. “Our community comes out. They enjoy the opening night of football season in high school. It’s been a lot of fun, so we stick with it, and the kids I think enjoy it, and we’ll continue to do it until they don’t enjoy it anymore."
The last six seasons have been nothing short of impressive for Reed City, with six consecutive playoff appearances, a Division 5 district title (2014) and six playoff wins to its credit. But standing in the way of the Coyotes and a deeper run in the postseason the last two years has been state power Grand Rapids West Catholic, which ended Reed City’s playoff run in the district finals in 2015.
The Coyotes are set to return nine starters from a year ago, including senior tight end Tyler Kerr.
"The offseason’s been good, we’ve been working out a lot, and it feels great to be out here,” he said. “This is my last midnight madness. It’s kind of bittersweet, but a great environment, really.”
Reed City opens its season at home on Aug. 26, hosting a non-conference tilt with North Muskegon.