Turner leads Birdville to big win

Birdville, TX 2014 runningback Xavier Turner led the Hawks to an opening round win in the class 4A playoffs.

North Richland Hills (TX) Birdville moved to 11-0 on the season with an exciting 55-45 win over Azle in Bi-District play Thursday night. The Hawks used a powerful running game that totaled 415 yards behind Texas A&M commit Joas Aguilar and crew. Amassing most of those yards was 2014 runningback Xavier Turner.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder carried the ball 26 times for 256 yards and scored on runs of 35, 1 and 41 yards. Turner said he and his team had a point to prove against the doubters.

"Going into it we knew it wasn't going to be handed to us and everyone said we had a weak district so we wanted to come out here and stick it to them," he said. "I just want to thank my linemen for giving me the ability to make long runs with big holes."

Birdville built a 42-24 lead going into the fourth quarter but with just four minutes left in the game Azle had mounted a ferocious comeback and trailed 48-45. After the Hornets cut the lead to three, Turner put a dagger in their heart with his 41-yard score with just over two minutes remaining in the game.

"The first thing I'm thinking about is if I see an open hole I'm going to hit it and run as far as I can at 110%," Turner said.

Despite allowing Azle to come back to within three points, Turner and his teammates remained poise knowing what they had to do.

"We just said we have to go down and execute, the defense got some stops and our offense had to go down and answer back," Turner said.

Though just a junior, Turner is already regarded as a team leader for Birdville.

"I'm not trying to get big headed, I want to first and foremost give thanks to God and I just want to lead everyone to the positive and not the negative," he said.

Turner isn't focused on recruiting yet but that hasn't stopped him from at least looking at a few schools, including TCU.

"I've been looking into OU, TCU and (Texas) Tech," he said. "But, I've still got another year with my Hawks."

What does he like about the Horned Frogs?

"I like that they're a pounding team and they run the ball," Turner said. "I just want to get some playing time my freshman year."

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