Reed City lineman Michael Johnson enjoying solid junior season

Michael Johnson

REED CITY — Michael Johnson has played for two Central State Activities Association Gold division football champs.

But as his Reed City football team prepares to end the regular season and get into the playoffs. Johnson wouldn’t mind also playing for another district title team.

Johnson and the Coyotes clinched their seventh straight CSAA title with Friday’s 62-6 win over Central Montcalm.

Johnson is a starting junior offensive and defensive lineman for Reed City. He also started as a sophomore. He’s been left offensive tackle and defensive tackle.

“I worked on what I needed to over the offseason,” he said. “We’ve coming together as a team.”

On offense, “I feel like our whole line is dominant,” Johnson said. “The whole line is coming back from last year so the experience is really paying off. It took us a few games to come together. But we’re coming together.”

On defense, “we’ve been able to stop the run inside.”

The Coyotes have won seven straight CSAA titles.”I’ve known a few players that have been on previous teams and it feels great,” Johnson said. “It’s been the coaching and motivation.”

The Coyotes play at Pine River to close out the regular season on Friday. Then they enter the playoffs.

“We have to work hard for it,” Johnson said. “We have to want it.”

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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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