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Senior tackle Rontrell Turner an early standout on loaded Central defense

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Rontrell Harris, No. 98, and the Central defense swarms Harris County's quarterback Friday night at Garrett-Harrison Stadium.
Rontrell Harris, No. 98, and the Central defense swarms Harris County's quarterback Friday night at Garrett-Harrison Stadium. photo@ledger-enquirer.com

Rontrell Turner whipped Harris County quarterback James Adams to the ground like a rag doll.

The senior defensive tackle played to the home crowd at Garrett-Harrison Stadium pumping his arms to celebrate his second sack of the first half.

“I got to get to them,” Turner said, of opposing quarterbacks. “It’s something I got to do, got to do it. It's something I work on everyday.”

When his momentary celebration ended, he went right back to work flushing Adams out of the pocket on the next play. Adams heard the Turner’s thunderous footsteps as he lobbed a pass right into the hands of Central defensive back’s Karon Delince hands.

“I know he heard him,” Turner said, smiling. “I know it.”

Turner was a disruptive force for Central throughout the game as the defense knocked Harris County around in a 45-6 win.

“Rontrell has had two big nights, had a big night last week, he’s just causing a lot of havoc right now,” Central coach Jamey DuBose said.  “He’s a strong kid, with a high motor and he’s a leader on our football team.”

On a defense loaded with Division 1 talent, Turner gets overlooked.

Senior defensive back John Broussard and junior linebacker Markail Benton are verbally committed to Auburn while junior defensive back Karon Delince has offers from Kentucky and Mississippi State.

Linebackers Walter Pritchett and Toron Morten also have scholarship offers.

Turner said it motivates him “everyday” that he hasn’t received any Division 1 looks, but the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder is keeping his focus on things he can control -- like knocking down quarterbacks.

“My true motivation is to lead my team, lead them right,” Turner said. “I lead my boys. We all just play the game, that’s just what we do.”

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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