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Knights roll to 57-30 win over Northumberland

Buckingham County High School’s varsity football team led 50-0 at halftime on Friday night and then emptied the bench for the entire second half on its way to a 57-30 road victory over previously undefeated host Northumberland High School.

“I thought we played good, executed the game plan,” Knights Head Coach Seth Wilkerson said. “And it was a long ride for us, so I thought we got off the bus, we were ready to play, and it just worked out.”

It was the Knights’ third straight lopsided victory, improving their record to 4-1 overall for the season. Buckingham’s starters did not play any of the second half.

Accounting for what helped his team take such a substantial halftime lead, Wilkerson said, “We were able to run the ball and get some yards.”

Senior running back Walter Edwards led the way with seven carries for 139 yards and three touchdowns. Junior running back carried the ball five times for 82 yards and two scores, and junior quarterback Gerry Toney had five carries for 41 yards and two touchdowns.

“Defensively, we put some pressure on the quarterback, and he didn’t have much time to throw it,” Wilkerson said. “(Defensive backs) played well, linebackers played well — we just played well overall, everybody.”

Edwards, also a linebacker, recorded seven tackles and one sack. Junior defensive back Demetrius Davis generated five tackles and three sacks, and Toney hauled in an interception.

In the second half, “we were able to get some other guys in and give them some experience,” Wilkerson said. “(The Indians) scored some, but that’s OK. We made a couple mistakes within the second group but just got to keep working with those guys, and then they’ll get better, and it’ll help us overall as the year goes on.”

Buckingham visits Cumberland County High School (0-6) on Friday at 7 p.m.