To say RL Turner is a tough job is a bit of an understatement. Larry McBroom, the former head coach of RL Turner - submitted this team insider in April - and quit in May. This is not an uncommon occurrence at RL Turner - in fact - half of the players may have quit by now too - it is just that "type" of situation in Carrollton - it is tough to keep continuity when the coaching staff doesn't even believe in the players - which is what the last coach, Jody Allen practically told the Morning News when he mentioned that RL Turner was a tough place to coach. 10 starters return from a team that should experience some success with a drop to 4A.
QB Matt Bernal will be slated at quarterback. The 5'9 junior does not really have QB size or speed, but he has good arm strength and makes good decisions. The bright spot for the offenes might be running back Charles Moore - a player that could have a break-out game or two against the right team. The receivers are on the small side with Ismael Solis and Sergio Tamayo. The offensive line has some size - but not much skill. It will be led by Seamos Lassiter - the 6'2 - 320 pound junior to be.
The defense isn't much better - and it will be junior heavy. Corey Hall may be the best defensive player. The defensive end goes 6'1 - 205 and can make some plays. Charles Moore - the best athlete on the team, will be asked to play both ways to give Turner a speedy player in the center field position. Dakota Whitehead does not have good size - but he has good football skills and he will make some plays for the team.
RL Turner has a couple at least competitive shots at non-district success with Spruce, WT White and The Colony. In district, beating Greenville and Royse City is certainly accomplishable. I do think RL Turner will get at least one district win this year - but I think that will be as far as it goes for the Lions. It will take a special person to come in there and turn that program around. RL Turner had a decent squad a couple of years ago - so with the right pieces, they may be able to get back there.