The Central Chargers have struggled on the football field this fall, but the players have given it their all every week. That includes lineman Rashad Burney, who is working hard on and off the field.

Just two years ago, Rashad Burney stepped on the football field for the first time after giving up his days of playing baseball, a decision he doesn't regret and he's thankful for the person that led him to the sport he loves.

Burney says, "My mama, she introduced me to Coach Hines, who was the coach before Coach Hicks, and I've been out here ever since."

Now the junior lineman is one of the team's leaders, lining up on defense and offense, playing wherever Coach Jesse Hicks asks him to help out the team.

"We got one more year with him and we're going to miss him when he leaves. He's one of the kids that walks out of your program and you compare others to him. Thats just a tribute to how a good kid he is," Hicks says.

This year, things haven't gone quite the way Charger Nation would have liked, but the big Orange continues to fight because they know there are better days ahead.

"Most of things that are turning things around, we're beginning to be more like a team and not fighting so much. So we are coming together like a family," says Burney.

Off the field, Burney leads in the classroom as well. He has a 3.1 GPA and ambitions to play at the next level, but he also has a backup plan.

Burney says, "Grades give me the skills I need in life because if football doesn't work out, academics are going to be what I rely on."

"The thing about this guy is that he is all in. We tell him if things are going to change, it's going to be because of people like him. He takes this role very seriously. He's always asking, 'How are things going? What can I do to improve?' He's a kid that has bought in and he's going to do the things he's been asked to do," says Coach Hicks.

The Chargers finish up their season this Friday night on the road against Pike County.

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