Turner Talks Bayou Bowl Win

Former Cy-Falls Running Back Shane Turner is ready to be a college student. But he got the chance to play in one more high school football game this weekend before reporting to Rice. Turner and his Texas teammates walked away victorious in the Sixth Annual Bayou Bowl after a three-year win streak by the Louisiana team. Owl Digest talked with Turner briefly after the game.

In the Sixth Annual Bayou Bowl, a game that features All-Star players from the states of Texas and Louisiana, the Bayou boys have had the edge for the past three years. But Saturday night at Baytown's Stallworth Stadium, the Lone Star State represented and came out on top 24-14.

There were three players on the Texas roster who are Rice signees from the class of 2008. One of those was former Cy-Falls running back Shane Turner.

Turner was the starting back for the Texas team and he picked up quite a few of the tough yards. But Turner felt he could have done better.

"You know it wasn't my best game, but I played well enough to get the win," Turner said. "It feels great to beat Louisiana especially with all of the trash-talking that was going on all week. It built up inside and I think that the whole team wanted to beat them."

And the Texas team prevailed. Now that the high school chapter has closed in Turner's life, he is looking on to college. After making the pledge to Rice earlier this year, he has anticipated the time when he would step foot on the Rice campus as a student. Now that time has come.

In fact, he made his way to campus the day after the game.

"I report tomorrow," Turner said in the Saturday night interview. "I am just ready for a new experience. I will get the chance to be out on my own and do my own thing and playing a Division I sport."

Turner had 1,513 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns as a senior. He also had 28 receptions for 335 yards and two touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound speedster chose Rice over other offers from Utah, Fresno State, Northwestern, Arizona, New Mexico State, Texas State, and Prairie View A&M.

And rest assured, Turner is coming in ready to make things happen.

"I am the kind of player who comes in and will work hard," Turner said. "I am a go-to guy who a coach will want to work with."

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