High School Football Preview: William Fleming

Published: Aug. 13, 2019 at 10:35 PM EDT
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At William Fleming High School, head coach Jamar Lovelace is putting a focus on physicality in his second year leading the Colonels.

"We've worked really, really hard," he said. "We've required our guys to show up 80 percent of the workouts so a lot of the guys are really familiar with us. We've been preaching physicality. We know we've got to be a lot more physical on this end of Roanoke, so we're working on that. We do tackling circuits every single day, and every single day we try to make sure our guys are doing some physical work."

Fleming has just one win over the last two years, but because four schools have moved out of Region 5D, the Colonels will be guaranteed a playoff berth this season no matter their record--and Lovelace plans to take advantage of the opportunity.

"I guess it's light at the end of the tunnel," Lovelace said. "We haven't even shared that with our guys. I don't even know if they realize that yet. We have a little motto saying we want to go 1-0 each day, so we're kind of focusing on every single day of practice. Every game when it gets here on that game week, and we'll take things day by day.

"We're excited that we get an extra week in the season, so that's the biggest thing that we just get to be around our guys for an extra week guaranteed, and hopefully we can extend it past that extra week."

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