During his college years Buffington also played for Mississippi Brilla in the USL Premier Development League, and was Brilla's top scorer in the 2008 season.
Buffington turned professional when he signed with the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Second Division in 2009. He made his professional debut on May 22, 2009 in a 3–0 win over the Charlotte Eagles, and played 21 games for the Islanders after suffering a broken collar bone in preseason camp. Buffington was medically released in May 2010.
Buffington returned to Mississippi Brilla for the 2010 PDL season., scoring six goals in 11 games in his first season back with the team. During the 2010–11 American winter to summer Buffington spent time in Australia with Dandaloo FC in the Illawarra Premier League, scoring 11 goals and adding 6 assist in his time with the club.