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November 15, 2012

Higher ground game

Turner carries faith with him on, off field

WESTWOOD —  

Fairview running back Devon Turner has been to the region championship game three straight times. 
He was named the 2012 Eastern Kentucky Conference Player of the Year by coaches in the conference. 
He rushed for 1,100 yards last season and topped that this season by going for 1,232 yards. 
Those are accolades and numbers that any player would want to show off to his friends and teammates. But Turner would rather display something else with those in the locker room — his faith. 
“He always says to us that we have to think we’re going to win,” said senior teammate Joel Wardle. “He tells us we have to believe in ourselves. He’s the one that makes the team believe.”
Turner, who’s well into his senior season with Eagles, is not one to shy away from sharing his beliefs with his teammates. 
He said he always reminds his team of Philippians 4:13, because he feels sharing this verse helps to motivate not only his team, but also himself.  
“I just tell the team that all the time because that’s just my personal beliefs,” Turner said. “I don’t push it on anyone, I just share it with people. And a lot of time it just motivates people to believe in themselves and more importantly to believe in God. 
“That’s just something I try to tell the team — that with God all things are possible.” 
For the past three seasons, Turner has found himself starting in the Fairview backfield. And since the fifth grade Turner has shared the backfield with fullback Chris Brewer. 
While Turner shares his faith with Brewer, it’s Brewer who has been putting his faith into his teammate for the past seven years. 
“I know Devon is always going to be there,” Brewer said. “He’s a great Christian guy and he’s a lot better man than I am. I really admire him for that.” 

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