REED CITY — It was Reed City’s version of The Catch.

Derrick Rasor’s dramatic 29-yard touchdown pass to Trent Sturgell proved to be the winning points in Friday’s 34-28 Division 5 district title game will be remembered by Coyotes fans for a long time.

It was 28-28 late in the fourth quarter of an intense game and was fourth down. Rasor somehow managed to get the pass off and Sturgell barely stayed in bounds to make the catch.

“We almost had a sack on that,” Chippewa Hills coach Larry Jose said of the winning touchdown pass. “In close games like this, every little thing matters.”

Chippewa Hills players argued Sturgell was out of bounds, but the official in the end zone made the signal that it was a legitimate catch.

Sturgell said after the game that he was confident of making the catch.

“I was able to get that one foot in bounds,” he said.

Reed City has won six straight Central State Activities Association titles plus district titles in two of the last three years, basically on the strength of the running game. But in this case, The Catch got the job done.

“We’ve been working on that play for three weeks now,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “That’s the first time we ran that play. I told the kids in practice we were saving it for a special time. Sometimes you have to get lucky. Trent made one heckuva catch. We’ll take it.”

Sturgell has made various clutch catches for the Coyotes this season. He has had a huge season at defensive back, which earned him all-league honors. He’s had 48 tackles, four tackles for losses, three interceptions and eight pass breakups. 

The Coyotes are at 11-0 for the first time in their football history. Sturgell came into the season one of the few returning starters. But he indicated he was confident this could again be a special team.

Thanks to The Catch, it’s a team that has a chance to bid for the program’s first regional football title.