May 27, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

Woodbridge’s Colin Turner, a ‘relentless player,’ named defensive MVP of OC Sports Zone All-Irvine team

Woodbridge defensive end Colin Turner is the defensive MVP.

Woodbridge defensive end Colin Turner, the defensive MVP of the OC Sports Zone All-Irvine Football Team, was the “heart and soul of our defense, which allowed 20 points in league,” said Warriors Coach Rick Gibson.

Turner, who was also the defensive MVP of the Pacific Coast League, had 52 solo tackles and assisted on 24. He had 12 tackles for a loss and three sacks and played a key role in leading the Warriors to the Pacific Coast League title.

“It was a good season,” Turner said. “We worked hard and we all put in a lot of effort in during the off-season to know what we were doing. Coaches put a lot of time in, which was nice. We all just worked together well and become one unit.”

Gibson, the coach, said Turner’s hard work paid off.

“Colin’s best attribute is his willingness to spend time watching video and preparing himself for games,” Gibson said. “He would yell out offensive plays before our opponent would snap the ball. He is an incredible student of the game. Leadership and relentless would be how I describe Colin.”

Turner, a senior, said the 23-17 Pacific Coast League victory against Irvine stood out.

“Being able to beat them was nice, because I remember my sophomore year losing to them so it was nice to beat them, especially my senior year, going out was cool,” he said.

Turner and his teammates were also proud to win the league title and the Dennis Toohey Fence Post Trophy.

“It meant a lot for us to be able to keep it at Woodbridge,” Turner said. “We didn’t want to lose it and winning it would mean we would get Woodbridge’s first league title in a really long time. So to be able to have that banner and put it in the gym was really cool.”

The Warriors were able to celebrate as a team after the victory over University.

“It was exciting and nice to be able to spend it with friends and go out and be able to know we were the best in the city,” Turner said.

Turner said he is not sure what lies ahead.

“I might play rugby in college,” he said. “Rugby is my main sport now, I love it.”


-Tim Burt, OC Sports Zone;