Buckingham shocks Central Lunenburg

Nobody bothered to tell Buckingham that Central Lunenburg was in the driver’s seat for the James River District title and an unbeaten season.

That, or the Knights couldn’t have cared less.

Buckingham rolled 44-20 on the road against the Chargers just a week after Lunenburg beat Goochland. The Knights’ win creates a three-way tie atop the James River District and should be a huge boost to Buckingham’s playoff standing. Before the win, Buckingham was slotted as the No. 11 team in the 2A West.

Buckingham fed Kenneth Johnson all night long and the senior rewarded the Knights with 428 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries to pave the way for the win. That’s an average of nearly 21.4 yards per touch. Defensively Johnson also had a huge impact with 9.5 tackles (eight solo stops) and a forced fumble and recovery.

Leon Ragland also got in on the rushing act with 103 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries as he helped boost the team rushing effort to 536 yards on the night.

The Knights didn’t complete a single pass and only attempted two of them.

John Edwards led the squad with 11 total tackles including eight solo stops as he continues his transition from starting quarterback to defensive stopper. Ragland and Tariq Gough each had 10.5 tackles on the night too, with Ragland breaking up a pair of passes.

The Knights, now sitting at 4-2, continue a three-game road stretcha Friday with Liberty-Bedford.