Buckingham County has won nine games each of the past two seasons but those seasons have each ended the same way -- with a loss in the Eastern Section quarterfinals, a hurdle the Knights are looking to finally get over in 2013.
"Hope this year we can get over the hump and keep going," Buckingham coach Craig Gill said. "We're going to take it one game at a time and hope these young guys develop and gain some confidence so we can make a run in the District."
"We really want it this year," added senior running back Kenneth "Peanut" Johnson. "You can see it in the guys, the way we've been practicing. The practices have been more intense than last year and in a couple years."
John Edwards takes over at quarterback for Buckingham. The senior came on last year when Cam Johnson went down with an injury and gained valuable experience towards this year.
"From that point last year to now I've definitely progressed a lot," Edwards explained. "Getting to know the offense better, getting to know my receivers better."
"He worked real good this summer, he's got a good arm," Gill added. "We look at throwing the ball a little bit more because we have some talented receivers."
They may throw it a bit more this season but Johnson still figures to get plenty of work. The all-state running back returns for his final season in a Knights uniform and is prepared to be "the man" for Buckingham.
"Yeah I'm ready to take it all on me," Johnson said. "I feel like I've been taking it on anyways, being a senior. It's my last year, I've got a lot to do and a lot to prove."
"Big heart. That's the thing with Peanut, he's a leader, he's a got a big heart and he works extremely hard, offense and defense," Gill added. "He's the one who's going to carry us."