Jhaquille Hankerson had never even started a football game until he arrived at Cabarrus County's newest high school - Cox Mill - last year.
He didn't even play a down of football until he was in seventh grade, when he moved to the area and decided to play the sport to make some friends at Harris Road Middle.
When Hankerson was given the starting running back job for the Chargers, he admits he didn't know what to expect. But the Florida native has since been the team's leading rusher and has been instrumental in the three wins in Cox Mill football history.
Last season, Hankerson had a career high 383 yards to lead his Chargers over Central Cabarrus to give the school its first football win.
Just two weeks ago, Hankerson had another big game, leading Cox Mill to its first win at home. He rushed for 269 yards against Parkwood, including a 50-yard run on the first play from scrimmage on his way to scoring three touchdowns and a two-point conversion in the 33-14 game.
"If felt good for the whole team to do what they were supposed to," said Hankerson, who didn't play the third quarter against the Rebels because of cramping. "We had a talk before the game and we talked about how we were tired of losing."
Cox Mill coach Greg Neuendorf said Hankerson's big night had a lot to do with how well the rest of the team played.
"We didn't miss any assignments up front, and he ran hard," said Neuendorf.
Although Hankerson admits that winning Cox Mill's first home game was a big deal for the community, he knows it's only one game.
"We have a lot more we have to win," he said.
"Winning needs to become the expectation around here, and we shouldn't be surprised when it happens," he said.
"It was nice to get a win early in the year, and hopefullly that's the first of many."
Friday, Hankerson led his Chargers to a 35-7 victory over South Stanly.
Hankerson hopes that winnig the last two games will accomplish one thing - get the student body behind the team.
"A lot of our players are used to hearing all the negativity from the students," said the senior.
"Now that we won another game, everybody's trying to be a fan and that's good - we don't have to just look for support from each other, we can get some from other students too."
Hankerson said that last year his team resigned itself to losing.
He added that learning how it felt to lose week after week left a bad taste in his and his teammates' mouths - and that's the driving factor for the Chargers' hard work in the offseason.
Neuendorf hopes that his Chargers took some stuff away from last season's 1-10 campaign.
"Hopefully they learned about perseverance, and hopefully we're rewarded for all the work we've put in this year," he said.
The atmosphere around the program is different now. Hankerson said the team is ready to not only show up and play, but to also win.
"With the skill and potential that we have, we could win every game," said Hankerson. "We have good enough linemen, good enough skill players to do that."
A lot of the Chargers' success will fall on Hankerson, who needs to continue to have big nights for his team to have a chance to upset some teams.
The 17-year-old is capable of doing so, as he's able to make big runs with his speed - being able to run a 4.5 second 40-yard dash - and his vision. At 5-foot-11, 200-pounds, Hankerson is also big enough, being able to bench 300 pounds max, to run through some defenders.
Neuendorf said Hankerson is an important piece of his Chargers' team.
"Jhaquille is one of a couple great athletes we have on the team," he said. "We're a run-first team, and he's our guy back in the option."
But Hankerson knows he won't be able to win games alone.
He explained that how well the team does the rest of the way depends on how hard his teammates keep pushing themselves in practice.
Hankerson is excited about the chance to lead his Chargers the rest of the year.
"I expect the best that each of my teammates can give," he said.
Hankerson hopes that his Chargers' best translates into the team becoming more competitive in the conference.
"There's still a lot to come for this team."