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Without running a single offensive play, Buckingham built a three-touchdown lead en route to a 47-8 victory over Cumberland Friday night in a James River District rivalry clash.
Buckingham (7-1) jumped out to its 21-0 lead on the strength of three big plays, starting with Kyree Koonce’s 79-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the opening kick. Next, Buckingham’s Devin Smith picked off a pass and raced back for a touchdown. On the ensuing drive, Buckingham forced rival Cumberland (1-7) to punt and Koonce capitalized again, exploding for a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Buckingham never looked back, building a 47-0 lead before the break. Koonce tacked on a rushing touchdown and Leon Ragland threw a touchdown pass to Austin Seay. Kenneth Johnson also got in on the act with a rushing touchdown while Smith corralled a fumble and took it to the house for his second defensive touchdown of the night.
Johnson finished with 83 yards on eight carries while Koonce had 77 yards on seven touches. In addition to his touchdown catch, Seay led the Knights in tackles with 6.5 total stops, but it was Justin Ayers that spearheaded relentless quarterback pressure by the Knights and finished with three sacks.
Buckingham faces Goochland (6-2) next Friday in a game that serves as a de facto James River District title game.