All-State 2008: Turner Peterson (Quarterback)

By Robert Przybylo Modified: December 28, 2008 at 1:22 am •  Published: December 26, 2008
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Heritage Hall senior Turner Petersen could have orchestrated a commercial — where he takes the ball and hands it off to himself and then throws it back to himself only to be tackled by himself.

Impossible, of course. But there was nothing Petersen couldn't do on the football field in 2008, and that's one reason he has been selected for The Oklahoman's All-State Team.

Petersen had played quarterback sparingly during his first three years at Heritage Hall. Once Garrett Valdez graduated, Petersen took over.

Through eight games, all was well. But in Week 9, a sprained elbow gave the Chargers a scare. While Petersen couldn't throw, he found other ways to contribute. He became a running back and wide receiver again before returning to quarterback during the playoff stretch run.

“His leadership is incredible. You watch him, and it is easy to want to follow that example,” freshman running back Barry Sanders said.

Petersen accounted for nearly 2,900 total yards of offense with 40 touchdowns (23 rushing, 16 passing, 1 receiving) in leading the Chargers to their second state championship.

Petersen recorded five interceptions and 98 tackles at free safety. He punted 37 times for almost 40 yards per attempt.

“I don't have a preference about what position to play. I just want to play,” Petersen said.

Petersen has received college offers but has not made a decision.

Heritage Hall was 29-1 in Petersen's final two years.


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