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Charlottesville Begins Practice for 2014 Season

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The Black Knights are an option run team The Black Knights are an option run team
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Practice is underway at Charlottesville high school.

Coach Sherry says the Black Knights are an option run team that wants to control the line of scrimmage, and look for big play opportunities.

"We're pretty simple. We want to run the football. We want to really capitalize when we run some play action passes...on defense we want to make sure we tackle...getting eleven hats to the football."

Senior wide receiver Hannibal Reid embraces the style the team plays.

"My specialty is blocking. I like to get the running back into the end zone."

Charlottesville lost a big part of their offense entering this season, with the departure of running back Chris Thurston.

Coach Sherry isn't looking to replace Thurston, but instead expects this years upperclassmen to be a big part of the team's success.

"We got some really good senior leadership with this team. A lot of these guys have been together...four-years and they trust each other and they're willing to work for each other, so I think we'll be ok."

Senior Linebacker Larry Anderson understands his role on the team as a captain.

"I lead myself as a captain. Call out plays. Help the defensive coordinator teach people the plays. Where they drop back in coverage."

Charlottesville high school enters 2014 after back-to-back playoff appearances.

The Black Knights are certainly on the radar screen of other schools in the Jefferson district.

Coach Sherry knows the expectations for his team this season are high, but he's keeping the team focused on right now.

 "They just got to understand that they're in the grind right now, and the two-a-days and the next two weeks is just going to be part of that... they got to grow from it, but we're just focused on getting better everyday right now."

Sherry says the coaching staff for the Black Knights is working to make each player accountable.

 "We're very blue collar about it. I really want them to show up and understand that it's their responsibility to do there job and to work and get better. We say each day you're either getting better or you're getting worse."

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