With an enrollment of 393 students, Winamac is one of the largest Class A schools in football.
The Warriors had the luxury of having one of their standout players play on defense only this season, a rarity in Class A, at least for the public schools. And it paid big dividends, as Mitch Reed had a monster season at middle linebacker for the Warriors.
The 5-9, 170-pound junior was credited for 121 tackles, 94 assists, 17 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, a sack and an interception.
He was named to the Junior Class A All-State team by the IFCA, and he is the Loganland Defensive Player of the Year.
“It helped Mitchell that he only played one way,” Winamac coach Tim Roth said. “He was one of the guys who strictly played defense and special teams. He had high energy and played with a lot of emotion and energy. He loves to go play and hit people.”
Roth added entering the season he did not expect Reed to have the type of season he had.
“We were pleasantly surprised with Mitch. He was a backup defensive back last year,” he said. “He’s a really aggressive kid that wasn’t real dedicated. He found out for himself he needed to work harder in the offseason to get stronger. He worked harder in the offseason and got stronger and switched positions and played in the middle of Tyler [Katschke] and Keegan [Kasten] at linebacker. I had no idea he’d produce the results he had this year. That’s a credit to Mitch and the hard work he put in. It also helped tremendously having [Dalton] Button and [Quest] Fritz ahead of them.
“He made plays from sideline to sideline and I look for him to only get better next year.”