The Buckingham County football team has made the playoffs each of the last four seasons, winning the James River District Title twice over that time span.
The Knights made it all the way to the second round of the playoffs in 2012 before falling to eventual state champions Goochland.
Wide receiver Justin Ayers says, "Every time I hear the word Goochland it makes us get angry. It makes us think about last year and all the things we had to go through. It makes us want redemption to get them back this year."
Head coach Craig Gill says, "Kinda wanna make up for that. We've got a lot of returning skill people. We've lost a lot of our defense but we're awful young up front but we got some talent."
The Knights are losing Cam Johnson to FUMA Prep School and Post Graduate school, but All-state running back Kenneth Johnson who rushed for more than 2,000 yards last season will be back for his senior season.
Gill says, "We feel good having him in the backfield. He also plays defense. He's our team leader and a fine young man."
Running back Kenneth Johnson says, "We're almost the same team as we had last year, just better. We got a lot of big guys on the line this year, bigger than last year really and I think we already filled those spots already."
The team is feeling confident as they are plunging into week three of practice.
Ayers says, "We're gonna keep looking forward and try and do the best be can to keep going hard and accomplish the most we can."
All hope to make it past the second round of playoffs so they can bring home a state championship.
Ayers says, "Oh a state championship ring. And for everyone to come together not only as a team but as a family."
Gill says, "We gotta grow up quick. I think if we can avoid some injuries and get tough, we can make another good run towards the end."
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