Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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November 15, 2012

Higher ground game

Turner carries faith with him on, off field



While Turner has so many personal achievements on the field, his favorite moment from the past season isn’t scoring a touchdown or making a big hit. 
It’s one of his teammates, and his friend, living out a dream. 
“When Joel Wardle scored that touchdown (against Powell County in October),” Turner said through a smile. “He’s such an inspiration, because of his work ethic. I know he said I work hard, but there’s not anyone in the world or anyone I’ve met that has the work ethic that Joel has.” 
Wardle said that’s the kind of person Turner is, one that deflects personal praise.
“He’s a good Christian man,” Wardle said. “And it’s not just to one person, he acts the same way towards every person. I respect him for that, and because he’s given me opportunities to be his friend that some people haven’t.” 
Turner and the Eagles are still looking to give the school its first regional title. They go to Pikeville on Friday night.
But more importantly to Turner, he’s looking to help give the chance for his coaches and his teammates to lift up the trophy.
“It’s humongous because this game will never come around again in my lifetime,” he said. “These guys are my brothers, and I know they’re going to have my back. And for me to not give everything I have on the field would be just a slap in the face to them. 
“I just want to do all I can for my teammates.” 
And while his goals right now are to go on to win a state championship, no one would blame Turner to look ahead to the future. 
According to McPeek there are some schools which have had some interest about Turner playing at the next level. 
Turner places his fate out of his own hands.
“I’m just going to keep facing God and keep working,” Turner said. “I love the game of football and I plan on going to college and play football if that’s what God has in plan for me. 
“I don’t want to put pressure on myself, I just want to put God first.” 
KYLE HOBSTETTER can be reached at khobstetter@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2658.

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