• John Macon Gillespie

Turner Ready To Represent New Team At Fortius Project

As the 2018 high school football season approaches, there will be plenty of players itching to suit up and represent their school this fall. Then, there is 2019 linebacker Markal Turner.

Turner is ready for round two of playing a game he truly loves after a year’s absence. He will suit up in green and white this time around instead of black and gold.

“It definitely felt strange not being out there playing with my teammates. It showed me how much of an affection I really had for football,” Turner told SES Mississippi.

In 2016, Turner was a part of a Charleston Tiger team that came up just short in the 3A title game, losing to Kemper County 12-8. This was the third year in a row that the Tigers fell short in December. That loss is something that fuels Turner to work harder and help his team make it to their first state championship in 2018.

“All summer long we were dedicated to getting a ring that year. We were going hard in the weight room an on the field. I hate that we lost it all in the end, but it was great season at Charleston High School. I’m starting my new journey at West Tallahatchie High School where hopefully I will be a starter at linebacker and give it my all to lead my new team to a state championship game,” Turner said.

Despite the 30 minute move to a new school, he will continue to represent the community of Tallahatchie County well, doing something that is a way of life in that part of the state.

“Football means a lot to my community. They are always going to support you no matter what. Football is what bring our community together. Half the people we play against grew up playing football in the community. It’s like a brotherhood,” Turner said. “Without a decent program, I don’t think we would have as many people trying to support us an push us harder like we do now.”

He joins a team that has made the playoffs the last five seasons in class 2A. This offseason will be crucial in the defense’s success this season according to Turner.

“My new defensive unit is extremely athletic. We aren’t where we need to be at the moment, but this summer, we will be pushing each other even harder and attending 7on7 camps so we can see where we need to make adjustments at,” Turner said.

One of the things on Turner’s offseason check list is the upcoming Fortius Project at Itawamba Community College. There, he will look to get back in the feel of the game and work on every aspect of his game.

“I’m not the best, but I need to improve all of my attributes such as speed, agility, strength, and coverage. If i get better in those, I’ll be the best upcoming 2019 linebacker,” Turner said.

**Photo Courtesy of Markal Turner

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