Burger King Student Athlete of the Week: Carter Rivenburg

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — The end zone is a familiar place for Buffalo Gap Senior Carter Rivenburg.

"I watched Carter as a young kid playing little league," Buffalo Gap head football coach Andy Cline said. "Just watched him score a lot of touchdowns."

In 5 games this season, Rivenburg already has over a thousand yards rushing and 14 rushing touchdowns.

A star since a young age, Rivenburg now pays it forward.

"Sometimes I'll go help the little league teams and Saturday's when they're playing another team," Rivenburg said. "You see them out there doing it. It lets you know that they're listening to you and hearing you."

Rivenburg's message to the kids: "Don't let anyone put you down. Always work harder than anyone else. Even if you don't feel like it. You gotta put in some kind of work."

And Carter, is putting his money where his mouth is.

"For as good as a player as the young man is," Cline said. "He is just as good a person."

"He is probably one of the brightest students that I've taught," government teacher Fera Morrison said.

Now, Rivenburg, who has played football and basketball and run track, is now just focusing on football. He is shifting his eyes towards the college process and the future too.

"I plan on playing college football," Rivenburg said. "Every kid's dream is to go pro and I guess that's my ultimate dream, so I'm gonna keep chasing my dream until I can't chase it anymore."

"The sky is the limit with this kid," Cline said. "He's gonna have a lot of opportunities to further his playing career and I really look forward to watching him."

"He's that driven," Morrison said. "He's set all these goals for himself and he doesn't let anything stand in his way."

And Rivenburg has one more idea on his mind too.

"I kinda want to come back here and maybe help out the high school athletes around here with a training facility maybe," Rivenburg said.