• John Macon Gillespie

Turnage Ready To Roll Into 5A Ball

Lafayette entered the spring this year looking to fill spots vacated by graduating seniors and to make strengths even stronger. One of those strong spots in 2016 came from a sophomore athlete. Brandon Turnage exploded onto the scene.

Whether it be at defensive back, wide receiver or special teams, Turnage found a way to impact the game and proved to be key in the Dores’ run to the 4A Title.

Now getting set for his junior season, Turnage says he is working to build off of what he started.

“Spring has been great,” Turnage told SES Mississippi. “I've been working on being patient and staying square to the wide outs. I have gotten better at coming from my spot and making tackles.”

Lafayette will be making the climb from 4A to 5A in 2017. Turnage says that they still will have a target on their backs because of being State Champions. He and his teammates are excited about the challenge.

“It feels great,” Turnage expressed. “It lets us know we have to work harder than we did before if we want to get another ring.”

Turnage totaled 54 tackles in 2016 with seven interceptions, two of which he returned for scores. He ended the season with nearly 300 interception return yards. He also hauled in 23 passes for nearly 400 yards. He can do a little bit of everything, but he says his favorite thing to do is shut down a wide receiver.

He gets to match up against some elite wide outs in his league both in 4A last season and coming up in his new 5A league. When asked who he is most excited to go against, he gave a competitors answer.

“Whoever is in front of me, boss,” Turnage declared.

In 2017 Region 1 5A will boast two returning state champions, Lafayette and West Point. Get ready for some big time Friday night battles. Turnage is ready and has his sights set on prize.

“I want to stay consistent game by game and make lots of plays to help my team win.”

**Photo by Keith Warren of the MHSAA.

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