Colonel Pride: Fleming appreciating the past to shape the future

‘It’s been like a whole culture change. We got the juice’

ROANOKE, Va. – It’s been an historic year for the William Fleming Colonels who have reached the VHSL State Tournament for the first time in nearly two decades. In their quest for state gold, they’ve come to learn appreciate that playing this deep into the postseason was the norm in the early 2000s.

If you attend any practice at William Fleming, you’re guaranteed of two things-- intensity and confidence-- especially here of late.

“It’s been like a whole culture change. We got the juice,” said Colonels middle linebacker Matthew Eaton.

And the ‘New Fleming’ has proven it-- going from worst (0-10 in 2017), to first as Region 5D Champions this season.

“We’re always close like a family,” said Colonels wide receiver Louis English. “That’s how we get through a lot of our games and a lot of our situations.”

Coming together for the common goal is the same attitude the William Fleming Colonels team from 2003 had-- the last time the program reached the State Tournament.

“The nucleus of that team-- we all went from football, basketball to track.”

Former William Fleming quarterback and Class of 2005 graduate Dere Hicks recounts memories from the Colonels' 2003 State Runner-Up bid (WSLS)

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