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Knights earn 7 all-region football selections

Buckingham County High School’s varsity football team drew seven 2019 All-Region 2B selections, including three on the first team after a season in which the Knights advanced as far as the regional semifinals and finished 10-2 overall.

Knights making the all-region first team included senior Walter Edwards, selected at both the linebacker and running back positions, and junior Xavier Copeland, selected at defensive back.

Buckingham’s representatives on the all-region second team were senior Cole Edmondston, selected as both a tight end and defensive end, junior quarterback Gerry “Tae” Toney and junior kicker Wesley Snoddy.

“I think those guys did a good job all year, and they were deserving of it,” Knights Head Coach Seth Wilkerson said of his team’s all-region honorees.

He noted that his juniors who were recognized, Toney and Snoddy, are “still going to have a good shot at being first-team (all-)region next year and probably a little bit better.”

Edwards finished the 2019 season on defense with 88 total tackles, including 14 tackles for a loss in yardage and four sacks. On offense, he finished with 124 carries for 1,464 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Wilkerson said that after Edwards was named the 2019 James River District Offensive Player of the Year and Co-Defensive Player of the Year, he expected Edwards had a good shot at making the all-region first team as both a running back and linebacker.

Copeland ended the year with 23 total tackles and three interceptions on defense.

Wilkerson said, “He did a good job in the playoffs covering (opposing) receivers, and he was first team all-district last year as a sophomore, and he ended up being first team all-district as a junior and first team all-region as a junior, so just building each year and getting a little bit better.”