Herschel Turner Jr. ended his junior season with a bang. His Freedom-Oakley teammates and coaches now have 2023 to look forward to.
The standout running back broke for 287 rushing yards with 31 carries (9.3 average) and four touchdowns in a season-ending 46-16 loss to Deer Valley-Antioch. He finished the season with 911 yards and 133 carries in nine games, followed by 14 touchdowns.
Turner was good from the backfield and also had 26 catches for 280 yards and two more points, along with 37 tackles on defense from his cornerback spot. The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder has a bright future.
His grand final put Turner on the SBLive Northern California achievement list, then he set out to rack up more big numbers on the voting front to earn him the SBLive Northern California Athlete of the Week for games November 3-5 to earn.
Turner garnered nearly 65 percent of the vote to easily pass runner-up Brady Steadman, a senior running back in Dublin who received 26.5 percent of the vote.
We are currently accepting nominations for Northern California Athlete of the Week. If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email [email protected] or send us a message Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveca.
Here are the other athletes nominated for the week of November 3-5:
Zachary Actona senior linebacker defenseman for Homestead Cupertinohad 14 tackles and rushed for 80 yards and two points in a 20-0 win over Fremont-Sunnyvale.
Marley Alcantaraa second quarterback for Pittsburghfilling in for 5-star QB Jaden Rashada (ill), completed 15 of 24 passes for 322 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-21 win over Antioch.
Wilhelm Augensteina senior quarterback for Branham-San Joseaccounted for 261 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-0 victory over Pioneer-San Jose.
MonteBeama junior running back for unity, rushed 12 times for 255 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-7 win over Mt. Diablo-Concord. Beam finished the regular season second among North Coast Section rushers with 1,829 yards and 20 TDs.
Dean Taylor Chapmana senior running back for Moreau Catholic-Haywardrushed 19 times for 173 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-14 win over Mt. Eden-Hayward.
Tyler Grigsbya senior quarterback for East Nicholasaccounted for 253 yards and six touchdowns in a 43-14 win over Colusa.
Luke Habelta running back and kicker for burlin game, rushed for 175 yards and four touchdowns and kicked seven PATs in a 49-21 win over San Mateo in the 95th Little Big Game. It was Burlingame’s 13th straight win of the series and now leads 59-32-4.
JacksonHarrisa 3 star wide receiver for Berkeley, ended a notable senior regular season with five catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-8 win at Irvington-Fremont. In the regular season, Harris had 66 catches for 1,427 yards and 22 touchdowns. He led the North Coast Section in the last two categories and finished second in receptions, one behind Clayton Valley Charter-Concord’s Daven Amos.
Tyler Jacklicha senior starts off back Central Catholic-Modestorushed seven times for 151 yards and four touchdowns in a 58-19 SJS D1 win over Stagg-Stockton.
Carter Jacksona second jam for granite coverushed 20 times for 186 yards in a 24-14 win over Inderkum-Sacramento.
Kingston Keanaainaa sophomore for whom he runs back Saint Francis Mountain Viewrushed 26 times for 190 yards and two touchdowns in his first varsity start of a 35-14 win over Archbishop Mitty-San Jose.
John Lariosa quarterback for Sequoia-Redwood Citycompleted 13 of 16 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns in a 28-23 win over Carlmont-Belmont.
Cayden Muir, a senior quarterback Hanford, completed 21 of 28 passes for 342 yards and four touchdowns in an 84-21 Central Section D2 playoff win over Ridgeview-Bakersfield. Muir, who completed passes to seven different receivers, also rushed to a TD.
Cooper Nixona running back for Willow Glen-San Joserushed 15 times for 198 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-19 win over Del Mar-San Jose.
Taylor Phillipsa senior quarterback for Lincoln-San Joseaccounted for 243 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-27 win over Leland-San Jose.
Devon riversa senior running back for Heritage Brentwoodshowed his versatility in his last high school game, completing 7 of 11 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns and rushing 34 times for 138 yards in a 35-28 loss to Liberty.
Deagen Rosea freshman quarterback Clovisthree for 204 yards and three touchdowns, all points in the second half as the Cougars hit back from a 20-0 deficit to defeat Garces-Bakersfield 21-20.
Decari sparksa senior starts off back De Anza Richmondrushed 14 times for 188 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-14 win over Bethel-Vallejo.
Brady Steadmana senior starts off back Dublinrushed 22 times for 232 yards and two touchdowns in a season-ending 48-18 win at Dougherty Valley-San Ramon.
dayton tafoya, a senior quarterback Central Fresnothrew for 349 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-21 D1 first-round win over Redwood-Visalia.
Jaivian Thomasa senior running back for McClymonds Oaklandrushed 17 times for 272 yards and four touchdowns in a 60-6 win over Castlemont-Oakland.
Herschel Turner Jr.a junior jam for Freedom Oakleyrushed 31 times for 287 yards and four touchdowns in a 46-16 win over Deer Valley-Antioch.
Michael Vanhooka 6-foot, 190-pound junior quarterback for El Cerritothrew four touchdown passes and helped the Gauchos cap out a 10-0 regular season with a 49-12 win over Salesian-Richmond.
Dashiell Weber, a senior quarterback Campolindo Moraga, needed just 11 completions to throw for 250 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-7 win at arch-rivals Miramonte-Orinda. The win ended a perfect 10-0 season for the Cougars.
Malachi Younga senior defender for Saint Mary’s Albany, had two interceptions and nine tackles in a 28-20 St. Patrick-St. Vincent. Both teams went into the game 9-0.