’25 RB from Independence playing his way on college recruiting boards
We thought Beechwood would have an easy time with Simon Kenton, in spite of SKHS being a 6A, District 6 football team. Well, Beechwood came away on top, but it was far from easy. Diminutive ’25 RB, Durell Turner, had himself a night. He ran for close to 300-yards, scored 4-rushing TD’s, scored a two-point conversion, and set his team up, several times, with plus field position from which to begin drives via the kick-off return game. He is a high school superstar and multi-phase contributor whose name is being penciled onto college recruiting boards as we write this.HB Lyon, Chief Scout, KPGFootball
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Not all Jerky-worthy performances occur after wins. Simon Kenton played Beechwood in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky this past Friday night. We thought Beechwood would beat the Pioneers by nearly three touchdowns. Man, were we ever wrong.
In a game which went back and forth until the final moments, Beechwood, 4-0 on the year and a 2A powerhouse and defending Kentucky champion, pulled off the narrowest of wins, 58-54, over a Simon Kenton team which left the encounter sporting a 1-2 record. As you would expect, several Beechwood players turned in Jerky-worthy performances themselves.
Clay Haden (’25), who won this same distinction a few weeks ago, was at it once more. He completed 24 of 34-passing attempts for 433-yards and 5-passing TD’s. We could have awarded it to him. Sorry Clay, we like to spread it around a bit.
Tyler Fryman caught 6-passes for Beechwood for 190-yards and three (3) TD’s. Tyler is a ’27 prospect (Fr.) and we are keeping an eye out for his production regarding our end of the year, Freshman All-State football team.
For some reason, the performance of Durell Turner, a ’25 RB we call “Rell” around the office, kind of stuck out to us. It was noteworthy even though Rell would gladly trade this award, and its prize package, for the “W.”
Turner carried the football 30-times on the night. He gained 292-yards and scored 4-rushing TD’s. Those figures alone would be prize-worthy without any argument from anyone, Beechwood included.
Turner didn’t stop there. Turner also scored a two-point conversion and was a factor in the kick return game, returning multiple kick-offs which gave his team excellent field position from which to begin drives.
You don’t see many 6A players who contribute in more than a single phase of football. When it happens, it’s worth noting.
Turner is having a big year. In his first three games, he has rushed for 439-yards, in 53-carries, with 4-rushing TD’s. Turner is averaging over 8.3-yards per carry, and the teams against which he is doing all this are far from a bunch of “Joe Slappies.”
Turner is a 5’7,” 165-pound speedster who is elusive, very quick, and turning up on recruiting boards across the Kentucky area and the surrounding states. Turner carries a 3.5-GPA. That opens all types of opportunities for this playmaking phenom.
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This is Fletcher W. Long reporting (on his birthday) for Kentucky Prep Gridiron reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE and don’t forget to SAVOR THE FLAVOR!