Chickasha football team, community honor family of Kody Turner on emotional night
Friday night was big for the Chickasha football team and community and a win over Capitol Hill was only a small part of it. The team and community honored the family of Kody Turner, their teammate and friend that passed away in mid-September.
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Turner's father died four years ago, something Coleman said her son never quite got over. But football was steering him back on the right path.
VanCleave noticed the difference. Turner's focus was there, and he was starting to develop into a solid offensive lineman.
If any good has come from Turner's death, it's that it has brought out the best in the community. T-shirts have been sold with the donations going to the Turner family. A fund was set up at a Chickasha bank.
It didn't just stop in Chickasha, though. Cache raised $1,300 for the Turner family last week. Cache coach Barry Foster was in VanCleave's shoes three years ago. When Foster was coaching at Rush Springs, freshman Justin Barney died after making a tackle.
As tough as it is, Chickasha is doing its best to return its attention to the field. After canceling the game against Noble two weeks ago, Chickasha lost on the final play of the game against Durant last week.
But back home, surrounded by a community that has rallied around each other, the Chicks were able to honor Turner's memory the best way they knew how: with a win.
"A lot of tears have been shed, but this one was for Kody," Rodgers said. "He'll never be forgotten."