Turner’s Morris, Barnes sign to play

Family and coaches surround Turner County football players Demarcus Barnes and Jaterrious Morris as they sign Thursday to play football with a pair of Kansas colleges.

ASHBURN — Football players from all over America made their college intentions official Wednesday as part of National Signing Day. That excitement spread to the city of Ashburn Thursday morning, where Turner County players Jaterrious Morris and Demarcus Barnes signed scholarships.

Morris signed with Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. Barnes is also heading west; he will play for Independence Community College, which, too, is located in Kansas.

“Jaterrious and Demarcus both played a huge role in our defense this past season,” said Turner County defense coordinator Austin Wilder in a statement.

“They allowed us to stay very multiple with our defensive scheme and use them in multiple ways.”

Morris finished with 75 total tackles on the year, nine for losses, according to Wilder. He also had a sack, two quarterback pressures, forced two fumbles and recovered another. Statistics show Barnes with 42 total tackles (two for losses), two sacks, one quarterback pressure and two forced fumbles.

“Both young men have worked hard to get this opportunity to continue their football and academic careers,” said Wilder. “I am very honored and blessed to have been their coach and look forward to seeing them shine in the future.”

Turner County went 7-5 in 2019, advancing to the second round of the state Class A playoffs.

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