Buford running-back tandem too much for Florida foe – Gwinnett Prep Sports
BUFORD – On third-and-short, Christian Turner stood behind his line in preparation to take a handoff and get past the marker.
He did that, and then some. The Wolves’ senior running back broke a tackle, then another, then broke loose for an 81-yard touchdown run that sent Tom Riden Stadium into an uproar.
“One step at a time,” Turner said. “See the end zone and score, that’s all I was thinking about. The offensive line is making us look good. We can’t do it without them.”
That burst was one of many explosive plays from Buford’s (2-0) multi-faceted backfield en route to a 34-17 victory over Melbourne Central Catholic (Fla.).
“It was an on-and-off game,” Buford head coach John Ford said. “We did some things well, but some we have to correct as well.”
Turner combined with his counterpart Anthony Grant to lead the way in a 221-yard rushing attack for the Wolves. The two are considered to be “dynamic talents” by their coaches, but it may have been the contributions from the duo at secondary positions that were the most influential.
Grant opened the scoring festivities with a 28-yard interception TD return – the first of two thrown by Melbourne (0-1) quarterback Joaquin Collazo – and then followed up that defensive effort with two sacks and a tackle for loss.
Turner collected his share of tackles and also grabbed a 30-yard TD reception from Aaron McLaughlin.
“We’re doing it for our team and Ant and I are committed,” Turner said. “All of that’s aside and we aren’t worried about college (as a Michigan commit). Anything to help the team, that’s what it’s for. We’ll play both sides … I’ll even play center