Last week's loss was personal for Turner
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 8, 2006 - COMO - For Como-Pickton senior Kenny Turner, last week's 32-0 loss to the Rivercrest Rebels in the season opener was personal. 

This week, Turner hopes to see a different team against Celeste.

"We felt down because we felt that we were a really good team and we know that we still are a good team," Turner said. "We need to come together more as a team this week and try and come away with a win."

Turner, the son of Rose and Billy Turner, has been playing football since the seventh grade and also is a member of  the powerlifting team at Como-Pickton.

"Kenny is a big leader because Kenny has been a part of our program since he was a freshman and he is an overachiever," said CPHS coach Joe Ryzman. "When he started out as a freshman, he progressed from his freshman year throughout his junior year maximizing every bit of his athletic ability.

"When football season is over, Kenny doesn't just shut down his strength and conditioning, but he keeps it going year round and his great attitude and work ethic makes him a huge leader."

He said with only 23 players on the opening roster this year, seniors Alex Mowat, Bryant Doebbler, Reece Caddell, Turner and Brent Rutledge need to step it up.

"We've got low numbers but we figure with all of the underclassman that if the seniors show them how to play the game, by the time that we get to district we should be a better football team," he said.

Ryzman said Turner gives everything he's got every practice during the football season and continues to work hard throughout the year to get  better.

"What I really like about Kenny is that he spreads himself out and works hard during the basketball season and then he continues to work hard in powerlifting season," he said. "He works on his speed and quickness during the basketball season and then works hard in the weight room for his strength. That is incredible, and it sets an example for our younger kids."

After a defensive performance in which the Eagles gave up 346 yards of offense to Rivercrest, Turner said the players are hoping to come out with more intensity and play better than they did in the season opener.

"We are hoping to see the defense being able to move around faster and have everyone takes better angles on the opponents," he said. "We hope that we can get the offensive line to help move the ball and make key blocks and get open and go down the field."

Ryzman said what makes Turner special during the football season is that he is always in the room studying film and finding ways to make himself and his teammates better during practices and game situations.

"Kenny is going to be a great student of the game. Kenny is going to come out here whenever he has some extra time and he is going to study film," the coach said. "He will ask questions from the coaches on things that he doesn't understand about the game. He will then bring points that he notices on the film, and being able to be a student of the game is what gives him the edge on Friday nights."

With teams such as Winnsboro, Hawkins, Grand Saline, Quitman and Alba-Golden in District 16-2A, Turner knows the team needs to be sharp during the district season in hopes of returning to the playoffs after a year out of the postseason.

"It will be hard, but we are a hard team to beat and we are going to prove that this year," he said. "My ultimate goal is for us to be able to go to the playoffs and we are going to try and take it all the way."

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