After San Ramon Valley had scored with 40 seconds left on a Sam Keller touchdown pass, the Mustangs only had 34 seconds remaining after the kickoff to save their unbeaten season. On the first play, MV quarterback Kyle Wright went to Turner, who made a leaping catch in the middle of the field and then broke free along his left sideline. He wasn't hauled down until the San Ramon Valley five-yard line, which is where Monte Vista won the game with four seconds left on a pass from Wright to Sam DeSa.
"I thought I might get in," Turner said of his highlight play. "I got a couple of key blocks, but their guy had the angle on the me. But actually it was good I didn't score because as it turned out they didn't have any time left after we scored."
Monte Vista's 46-44 win gave the Mustangs the top seed in the North Coast Section Class 3A East Bay playoffs. The No. 2 seed went to San Ramon Valley, so a rematch is possible in the title game on Dec. 7 at the Oakland Coliseum.
"It was absolutely crazy out there last Friday," Turner said. "All you could see where faces everywhere. We were playing against many of our buddies and we just had to win, otherwise we would have been hearing about it for the next year."
Turner's play was featured at the very end of the Cal Hi Sports Bay Area TV show two days later. For winning play of the week, Turner is invited to the year-end banquet at EA Sports in Foster City. He also gets the pleasure of a brief story on the play on this website.
Q: Have you ever made a play that big before in your varsity career?
A: Nothing that big. I've some longer touchdowns, but nothing in that kind of situation in a game like that. I just knew I had to get downfield in a hurry because there was so little time left.
Q: Do you think you'll be playing San Ramon Valley again?
A: If everything goes right, the odds are good. But you never know in the playoffs. We are the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds and everybody else is pretty good and you know they'll all be gunning for us.
Q: What would you think if Monte Vista was Class 4A and had to worry about De La Salle?
A: It would be an absolute honor to play De La Salle. We've played them in passing league games in the summer and it's always been fun.
Q: What's it like playing with Kyle Wright as your quarterback?
A: I mean, there's not a better one in perhaps the nation. He just makes it so easy for us receivers. Hopefully, we make it easier for him. I know I'll probably never play with a quarterback like him.
College plans: Anywhere I can play football.
Whoever gives me a chance.
Favorite Food: Mom's Turner Tacos
Favorite Movie: Caddy Shack
Favorite Book: Lord of the Flies
Favorite Academic Subject: History
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