Coyote senior Cody S. Kailing confident as season reaches halfway point

Cody S. Kailing

REED CITY — Reed City’s football team entered Friday’s game at Chippewa Hills with a 4-0 record and ranked No. 5 in the state in the Associated Press Division 5 poll.

After a 40-0 win against the Warriors and a loss by No. 2 Lansing Catholic to No. 4 Portland, the Coyotes may move up a notch or two when the polls are announced this week.

But for seniors like tight end/linebacker Cody S. Kailing, it’s still a matter of going a game at a time.

Kailing who has a cousin (Cody W. Kailing) with the same first and last name, playing defensive back for Reed City, has been helping the defense get the job done for the Coyotes.

One of his best games was eight tackles against Fremont earlier this season. But to open the season Reed City had a big win over Montague.

“You have to trust your reads,” Kailing said. “Your reads will take you to the ball.”

Kailing feels he’s effective most of the time in wrapping up the tackle.

“Defensively, we’re pretty good most of the time,” he said. “Sometimes, we get a read mixed up. But we get better as the season goes by.”

Reed City, pursing its eighth straight Central State Activities Association title, is home against Big Rapids on Friday. It will be Reed City’s homecoming.

Compared to last year’s team which lost in the state semifinals, “I think this team can go far if not farther,” Kailing said, “We’ve had a lot of success together.”

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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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