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Buckingham HS Football Aims for their First State Championship

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The Buckingham Football team had a slow start dropping two of their first four games.

"A lot of people gave up on us," said head coach Craig Gill. "The kids kept working hard and believed in what we were talking about and what we were doing and we started winning some games."

Now the team is on a five game winning streak and made it to the third round of the playoffs. Senior All-State running back Peanut Johnson whose rushed more than 2,000 yards the past two seasons has lost in the second round his entire high school career.

"Getting over that hump its great," said Johnson. "All the guys are excited and ready for this game."

In the Knights win last Friday, their defense was able to hold a tough Dan River team to just six points in their 15-6 win.

"Offense sells tickets but defense wins championships," said John Edwards. "When you get into the playoffs all offenses are good, so you gotta be able to stop them. Everybody doubted us and we worked hard all week in practice and we just shut them down."

The Buckingham football program has never won a state championship and the only time they've gotten to the state finals was back in 2002 where they eventually fell to George Whythe. The guys say it would mean everything to the program to make it past the third round.

Edwards said, "It's kind of surreal to be honest. In the last four years we've lost in the second round. We got over that hump so I guess the skies the limit now." 

Johnson added, "Knowing that its my last year playing high school ball - it would mean a lot."

The 9-3 Knights will face Gate City in the third round at 2 PM on Saturday in Buckingham.


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