Shankel begins first practice season as head coach

Scott Shankel

REED CITY — It may have seemed to have been just another ordinary opening to an ordinary football season for coach Scott Shankel.

It was much different this time during Reed City’s first day of football practice.

“There’s 55 that are supposed to be here but I have one without a physical and two no shows, so that makes 52,” he said.

Shankel anticipates having 24 on the varsity with the other on the JV.

“We’re down a little bit,” he said. “But the JVs are up.”

The Coyotes have transitioned from summer practices into the fall.

“It’s a little more intense now.” Shankel said. “Thursday of next week, we’ll have a scrimmage at Cadillac.’’

Opponents will be Cadillac, Ludington and Sault Ste. Marie. The season kicks off at Montague on Aug. 30.

Like any coach, Shankel hopes to see his team continually progress.

“You always like to think you can get more in the tank,” he said. “We’re always pushing to get a little bit better.”

As the head coach in his first year, “once we started practicing, it felt the same,” Shankel said. “There’s more interviews now and a lot more phone calls.”

He indicated he would still be calling the defense as he did under former head coach Monty Price. Other coaches will be calling the offense.

“I think it’s still too early to tell but I feel confident in my coaches and my team,” senior Jaxsen Adams said.

 

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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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