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Cunningham signs with Newberry

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BHS football standout

By Robert Howey

 

The Lancaster County to Newberry College football connection added a solid maroon and gold link Thursday, April 24 in the Buford High School conference room.

Yellow Jackets’ football standout Troy Cunningham joined the Wolves, signing with Newberry which is led by a pair of BHS graduates, head coach Todd Knight and defensive coordinator Stephen Flynn.

“I’m excited about going into Newberry’s program,” Cunningham said. “They have a winning program and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

The Wolves went 9-3 last fall when they also earned a bid to the NCAA Div. II playoffs.

Cunningham gives the Wolves a solid performer, coming off a banner football career at BHS.

A three-year letterman, Cunningham earned All-Region IV-AA honors in his final two seasons at BHS.

The Buford football MVP, Cunningham had a strong senior campaign for the Jackets.

He led the Jackets with 269 tackling points which included 90 first hits and 45 assists. He had 12 tackles for loss, two caused fumbles, four broken-up passes, two blocked kicks and an interception.

Cunningham, in his junior season, received the Most Improved Player Award.

Cunningham is also a three-year letterman on the Jackets’ baseball team.

Buford athletics director Mike Wells said Cunningham’s hard work made his chance to play at the next level possible.

“Troy worked his tail off the past few years,” Wells said. “He has made great strides and that progress has translated to him getting better.

“He’s all about hard work and he’s the product of a good, supportive family,” Wells said. “I think he will do well at Newberry.

“Troy had a fine career at Buford, but I feel his best football is ahead of him.” Wells said. “I look forward to following his career.

“We wish him the best and he leaves big shoes to fill, but he’s given our younger players a fine example to follow.”