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November 15, 2012

Higher ground game

Turner carries faith with him on, off field



When talking to Turner, one can’t help to see his faith shine through in his words, and even though equipment, sometimes putting bible verses on his eye black. 
He admits that his strong belief in faith was instilled to him at an early age by his parents, Linton Turner and Jennifer Bailey. 
He’s also quick to admit when he feels his faith is not at its strongest, it’s his parents who always build him back up. 
“They always told me that with God all things are possible,” Turner said. “They’re always there for me and they always keep me uplifted and motivated even when I’m down. 
“It’s just great to be able to go to my mom and dad and I’m just thankful they’ve raised me to try and be a good person, and live for Christ the best I can.” 
But while faith is important to Turner, so is football. 
Wardle is quick to point out that Turner works harder than almost anyone else on the team. 
“Most people don’t know how hard Devon works,” Wardle said. “He’s earned everything he’s got.” 
Turner has proven that by becoming a force on the field. 
Along with the two 1,000-yard seasons, he’s also picked up 36 touchdowns on the ground in the past two years. 
On defense, Turner has been known to deliver massive hits, including a powerful, clean tackle on Raceland running back Daylin Beach that knocked his helmet off and actually caused him to miss the second half.
Fairview coach Nathan McPeek said that’s just the kind of player Turner is. 
“He brings a lot of leadership and he’s just a great athlete,” McPeek said. “He brings a lot of speed to the game and he’s a real good hitter too. I think he can play outside linebacker in college, if not running back.” 

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