Reed CIty senior safety, receiver happy with progress during summer

REED CITY — Summer workouts have ended for Reed City’s football team, and players like senior Trent Sturgell are getting ready for the official start of practices.

He’s entering his third varsity season.

“Our first year, we won a district and my second year, we came close to winning a district, so we’ve improved every year,” Sturgell said.

He’s been a safety on the varsity and last season, he started seeing action as a receiver.

As a safety, “I like to come up and make hits,” he said. “I don’t know my specific strengths. I’m just an all-around safety.”

As a safety, Sturgell expects his role to change.

“I’m definitely going to have to step up and be a leader,” he said. “I definitely have to improve my game and be a lot better to be a force that I need to be out there.”

The Coyotes are a run-oriented offense, but Sturgell indicated he’ll be able to catch the ball whenever necessary.

“We’re Reed City, and we’ll always be a run-oriented offense,” Sturgell said. “I think we’ll use the pass a lot more this year than in other years, put in some new routes and a couple of other new things.”

It’s been a busy summer for Sturgell.

“We’re up here every day doing some lifting, or skill camps, lifting tires,” he said. “We’ve put in lots of work.”

This week is down period for athletes, who can weight lift on their own. Practices start with midnight madness on Aug. 8.

The Coyotes have won five straight Central State Activities Association titles and expectations remain high.

“I think we’ll exceed expectations we have,” Sturgell said. “Reed City is known as a good football school, and I think we can (extend) that.”

The tradition most likely fuels plenty of interest that is also reflected by high numbers in the summer.

“If there wasn’t success in the past, I don’t think there would be nearly as many guys coning out here every day,” Sturgell said.

It’s been a busy summer for Sturgell, whose basketball team saw action during June.