Underdog Knights Enjoying Postseason Run

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email

Some may have written off the Buckingham County football team after two early season losses.

Even more might have done so after the Knights were seeded sixth in the 2A West Playoffs.

All Buckingham has done is defied those critics en route to a Class 2A State Semifinal berth.

The Knights will travel to Franklin to face 2A East No. 3 seed Brunswick Saturday for the right to play for the Class 2A Championship.

Its the longest postseason run for Buckingham in over a decade, and the Knights are just enjoying the ride.

"We're just taking it one game at a time," head coach Craig Gill said. "I think they surprised themselves but we told them stay as a team and play together and we can overcome any adversity we get. I'm just proud of these young men's attitude."

"I think that's what's been helping us win. We're all on the same page, we know what to do," added junior offensive guard Jacob Snoddy.

Buckingham has the distinction of being the lowest-seeded team remaining in any class of the playoffs.

The Knights opened postseason play by throttling James River, 63-24, at home.

They followed that with a road upset of Dan River, 15-6, and beat Gate City 42-17 last week. But the players know much more will be expected this week with a state title just two wins away.

"Oh we're going to have to have to be at least ten times more focused than we have been in previous weeks, definitely," sophomore Michael Mabry said. "(Brunswick) are really good but we definitely have a chance to beat them."

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