Reed City’s dominating defense bolstered by depth

Austin Whitehead

REED CITY — Depth continues to be a valuable asset for Reed City’s football team.

It’s been evident in the first few games with many players chipping in offensively and defensively to the Coyote attack.

The Coyotes have defeated Montague, Fremont and Grant in getting off to a 3-0 start. They’re 2-0 in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division.

In a dominating win over Fremont, junior inside linebacker Austin Whitehead, who usually doesn’t start, saw plenty of playing time and wound up with 11 tackles to lead the team.

It’s his first varsity season.

The key in his double-digit tackles game, Whitehead said “was following your reads and hitting where you’re supposed to hit. When the coaches put the plan in and you follow the plan, everything goes to plan.”

From JV to varsity, “you face better match-ups, no matter who you play,” Whitehead said. “You can’t walk over any team you play. You have to work for it,”

As a linebacker “I like to hit low. If you hit lower (the other player) can’t really go anywhere,” Whitehead said.

As a linebacker, Whitehead looks at his role to get the tackle should the runner get past the defensive line.

“The D linemen will open it up for you and you finish the job,” he said.

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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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