Reed City junior safety focused on another strong season

REED CITY — His Reed City football team is 4-0 and Trent Sturgell is hoping the unbeaten streak continues.

The Coyote junior also realizes it won’t be easy.

Sturgell (5-11, 175) played on the varsity at safety last season.

“Last year was pretty successful,” he said. “We won our first district title. Our defense was solid.”

Sturgell was comfortable with his accomplishments as a sophomore on the varsity.

“I held my own as a sophomore,” he said. “It wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t the worst.”

Sturgell is at safety again this year but also plays at wide receiver.

“My role is to not let anyone deep, obviously,” he said.  “I can come up and make the plays when I have to.”

Against Baldwin, Sturgell had an interception at the start of the second half during a key time of the game.

“They got their momentum down and started hanging their heads,” he said.

Sturgell also caught a 5-yard touchdown pass against Newaygo on the slant play.

“We’ve been working on passing a lot more,” he said.

Sturgell is confident the Coyotes can keep winning and perhaps have another successful postseason win. They’re two wins away from clinching a playoff spot. Attitude and mindset will be critical, he said.

“We have the talent,” he said.

The Coyotes play this Friday at Grant for Central State Activities Association Gold Division action, but two key league rivalry showdowns are Oct. 2 at Big Rapids and Oct. 16 at home with Chippewa Hills.

“Nobody is taken lightly, but those two are definitely circled on the schedule,” Sturgell said.