Rockford's Ryan Turner sets pair of Iowa state touchdown records

Rockford's Ryan Turner sets pair of Iowa state touchdown records


Rockford's Ryan Turner sets pair of Iowa state touchdown records


Though he's a senior, Ryan Turner had played less than a full season at Rockford, Iowa, because of a shoulder injury that  sidelined him for most of his freshman and junior years.

His lack of experience was compounded when the quarterback was asked to lead the Warriors' switch to a no-huddle spread this season.

Apparently, he's in the right system. Turner set a state record with 10 passing touchdowns and 11 total touchdowns Friday in a 72-66 win at Riceville, which was ranked No. 8 in the state in its division.

"I'm primarily a running guy, but we had a lot of skill players, so we've switched to the spread," Rockford coach Nick Johnson said. "It took three or four weeks to make sure everything was ready to go. Everything was clicking Friday night."

Turner is only 5-9 and 155 pounds, but Rockford plays eight-man football and the spread attack emphasizes quickness over size. He completed 39 of 64 passes for 522 yards and ran 24 times for 165 yards.

"In high school, if you have four guys who can run routes, someone is going to be open," Johnson said. "We've created a system where we'll cut (block) up front so Ryan can get room downfield to throw. We try to create gaps."

On Friday, Turner had to keep throwing because the Warriors had difficulty slowing Riceville's running game.

"They have a lot of big boys," Johnson said. Their running back ended up with 355 yards rushing and threw a 65-yard pass. We had to keep scoring."

MORE: Last week's top performers

Turner's effort leads the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week. The rest of the top performances:

Blake Barnett, QB, Santiago, Corona, Calif.
Junior passed for one touchdown and ran for five in a 56-7 defeat of Santa Fe (Santa Fe Springs) on Friday.

Jake Browning, QB, Folsom, Calif.
Junior completed 37 of 48 passes for 596 yards and eight touchdowns in a 67-36 defeat of San Ramon Valley (Danville) on Friday.

Matt Byer, WR, Oak Park, Calif.
Senior had five touchdown receptions, increasing his state-leading total to 13, and  an interception in a 52-27 defeat of Calabasas on Friday.

Joe Capobianco, QB, Lawrence, Cedarhurst, N.Y.
Senior set the Long Island record for most career passing touchdowns, throwing three touchdown passes in a 53-7 defeat of Glen Cove on Saturday. Capobianco, who has 74 career touchdown passes, also ran for a touchdown.

Jareke Chambers, QB, North Rowan, Spencer, N.C.
In his third start at quarterback, the junior ran for a school-record six touchdowns in a 52-7 win Friday at Providence Grove (Franklinville).

Jalen Greene, QB, Junipero Serra, Gardena, Calif.
Senior threw for 286 yards and four TD passes and ran for two touchdowns in a 48-18 win Friday vs. Dorsey (Los Angeles).

Jordan Reed, WR, Plant, Tampa
Junior set a school record with 14 catches and 240 receiving yards in a 50-40 defeat of Bloomingdale (Valrico) on Friday.
Johnny Thomas, RB, St. John's Prep, Danvers, Mass.
Senior ran for 226 yards and two touchdowns, recovered a fumble and returned an interception 107 yards for a touchdown in the Eagles' 40-21 defeat of Central Catholic (Lawrence).
Isiah Upton, QB, East Nashville, Nashville, Tenn.

Junior passed for four touchdowns and ran for two in a 60-20 defeat of Stratford (Nashville) on Friday.


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