16 Camps: Black Knights Looking to Take Next Step

By: Lindsay Joy Email
By: Lindsay Joy Email

After back-to-back trips to the playoffs, the Charlottesville football team is working toward postseason number three, but they're still keeping things simple over at CHS.

"We don't try and do anything flashy," said head coach Eric Sherry. "We try and line up and spread people out so we can run the football. It's nothing real, everybody knows what we're doing, we've just got to get more proficient at it."

"We've just been working on playing as a team more and trying to get away from the individual player," added senior lineman Alley Jensen. "Everyone is just trying to get back to the team spirit and working together."

The Black Knights will be looking to replace two key players, in graduated seniors Chris Thurston and Leon Straus. Junior running back Rashad Brock will be the player the Knights turn to in looking to replace their production.

"I've been working on my legs, making sure my legs are strong and healthy for this year because I know I'm going to get the ball a lot," said Brock.

"We've got to do a job, and it's on me to make sure he gets the ball 20-25 times a game," Sherry said. "He knows that. He's prepared himself in the offseason to handle that rigor."

Sherry is entering his fourth season at CHS, which means his seniors have played every year with him as their coach.

"The younger kids look up to us so we're trying to give them something to hopefully they look at us and we go farther than what they want us to," senior lineman Troy Hughes said of their leadership role.

Charlottesville is still looking for its first winning season since 2002, but after two years in the playoffs now their confidence is at a new high.

"It changed a lot," said Brock. "It changes you from being the person that's always at the bottom and make you feel better about yourself, and makes you feel that you can really achieve more than what's out there."

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