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ASHBURN -- With a 39-19 win over the Terrell County Greenwave last Friday, there is still life in the Turner County Rebels.

The win, Turner's first on the year, puts the Rebels at 1-4-1 on the year.

But, more importantly Turner is 1-2 in Region 1-AA. That puts them only a half-game behind Mitchell-Baker and Randolph-Clay for the fourth and final playoff spot in the league.

"We are still in the playoff picture. So, we still have a lot to be playing for," said Turner head coach Lee Hamner.

Tomorrow night in Cuthbert, Turner can make up some ground on one of the teams that lead them as the Rebels will take on the Red Devils of Randolph-Clay.

With four players having been dismissed from the team, a big change has come over the Rebels in recent weeks.

"We have gone from a lot of "I's" to a lot of guys playing as a team," said Hamner. "We are a team now. We are not the greatest team in the world, but we are a team."

The win over Terrell and a 20-18 loss to Sumter County the week before is a testament to the change in attitude, according to the Turner coach.

"We played hard the last two weeks and finally something good happened for us," said Hamner. "The seniors are doing a good job of leading us and the young players are doing a good job of coming through when they have to."

One of the seniors is Arthur Weaver. He rushed 21 times against Terrell County for 192 yards.

"Arthur has been a stalwart for us. He has done a good job as a leader," said Hamner.

Besides Weaver and the seniors, Hamner also said, "the young kids are making mistakes, but they are out there giving their all and they are learning. They are going to just get better as the season goes on."

The Rebels will have to be ready for Randolph-Clay, according to the Turner coach.

"They are big and they have very good team speed at the skill positions," said Hamner. "They are going to a real test for us, especially on the road."

The biggest Red Devil is Alfred Blackmon. The 6-foot-4, 392 pound Blackmon is a senior who is being recruited by several schools. He plays both offensive and defensive tackle.

Even though he considers the Red Devils a tough opponent, Hamner indicates he is going to keep a simple philosophy for the remainder of the season.

"We are going to go and do our best. Right now we are just a team that is going to play hard. But, sometimes if you play together and play hard, you can overcome a few things," said Hamner.

Game time is 7:30 p.m. in Cuthbert tomorrow night.



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