Shewan playing key defensive role for Reed City

Stephen Shewan makes a tackle from his Reed City linebacker position during the regular season. (Pioneer file photo)

REED CITY – Stephen Shewan is a junior, who has been playing a key role on both sides of the ball for a Reed City football team looking to make a strong finish to end the regular season, and then see how far the postseason can take them.

The Coyotes (6-1) have won six straight and Friday’s 48-14 victory over Big Rapids clinched at least a share of the team’s seventh straight Central State Activities Association title. They can clinch it outright in Friday’s home game with Central Montcalm.

“I thought we played a pretty solid game overall,” Shewan said. “But coming out of the gate, we were caught off guard by an onside kick.”

Shewan is in his second year with the Coyotes. He played last year and continues to be among the leaders of the defense at his linebacker spot, and has also seen action on the offensive line.

Being able to get to the ball and stop runners from picking up large gains has been among his strong suits, he added. He’s usually among the leading tackles for Reed City each game.

Shewan was especially satisfied with how his defense was able to respond in the second half of the Chippewa Hills game, which was a key victory for Reed City in its drive for the league title.

The Warriors were moving the ball effectively and scoring in the first half.

“We made the adjustments and had a very good second half,” he said.

It’s the time of year Shewan and other Coyote football players enjoy as they focus on another title.

“We want to keep getting better and be ready for the playoffs,” he said.

The two upcoming opponents are both struggling, but Shewan said the Coyotes will focus at being at the top of their game. Central Montcalm is 2-5 with one of its wins being 30-26 over Tri County, which lost to the Coyotes 54-6. Pine River will host Reed City on Oct. 20 in the regular-season finale. The Bucks were state semifinalists last season but are currently 0-7.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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