Salem running back Coleman Fox has been on a mission the past three weeks, helping the Spartans reach yet another state semifinal.
The Spartans junior running back is our latest Player of the Week after helping Salem to a 42 to 25 win over Woodgrove.
Last week against Woodgrove, Coleman Fox ran roughshod over the visitors from Loudoun County, racking up 233 yards rushing on 21 carries, and finding the endzone three times. He also caught two passes for another 38 yards.
Everybody just does their own job and I just happen to have the ball in my hands at the time the play started,” Fox said. “We're putting together something really nice this year.
Salem coach Stephen Magenbauer said: “He's a good back, and he's had just a few carries going into the latter part of the year here. So we're just really proud of his effort, but more importantly we're just real proud of the way our team is playing right now and he's certainly doing his part.”
It's safe to say that football is in the genes for Fox. His father Rich was a fullback at Virginia Tech in the late 1980's.
“He's definitely taught me a lot about football,” Coleman Fox said. “We joke each other. He always says I won't be as good as him but I'd like to disagree. We know that we like to play football and as long as we're having fun, that's all that matters.”
Coleman has also been a standout attackman on the Salem lacrosse team, further evidence of his physical and mental toughness.
“I always try to run with a purpose and I think it's more of it's just my job to just run as hard as I can and follow my blockers,” Magenbauer said. “They've done a great job of that this year. When a football team does their job, it's fun.”