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Buckingham Aiming for Another Long Playoff Run

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The Knights return a veteran offensive line in 2014 The Knights return a veteran offensive line in 2014

Craig Gill has been a football coach for 39 years, the last 19 as the head coach at Buckingham County.

"I'm just taking it one year at a time," says Gill.  "As long as I get chill bumps, and get excited, I just love working with these young men, and as long as I still get excited for the game, and I do love this game, I'm going to stay with it for awhile, cause I don't know anything else to do. This is all I know."

The Knights made it all the way to the state semifinals last season, before losing 27-0 against Brunswick.

"We got a chip on our shoulders," says Gill.  "It's not a chip, it's a log."

Senior offensive tackle Connor Christian says, "We have a lot more motivation and passion for this season, because we all knew we were so close. One game, just to go to the states."

Buckingham loses 2,000 yard rusher Peanut Johnson to graduation, but brings back running backs Matrice Foster and Tariq Gough, along with quarterback Leon Ragland, who ran for 1,000 yards last year.

Gill says, "Between those three, I think we can make up the difference of missing Peanut Johnson."

Senior right guard Jacob Snoddy says, "We got a whole lot of young talent filling in for him. No one is going to step up to Peanut's abilities, but we'll make a good shot at it."

The Knights return a big, veteran offensive line.

"We've just been pounding the weight room, and we're all linked together like we are brothers," says Snoddy.

Buckingham only has eight seniors on this years team.

"It'll be interesting who ends up being our captains," says Gill.  "I got some captains. I also got some lieutenants, so we'll find out."

Snoddy says the game plan will be simple.

"Line up, and hit them in mouth," says Snoddy.

 

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