Our next stop on our Countdown to Friday Football Extra is William Fleming High School, where the Colonels are being led by new head coach, Bobby Martin, who was previously the head coach at G.W. Danville.
"I guess, I don't want to say I made it my own. I've tried to make it the players program. They're going to decide whether we win or lose. We're just trying to guide them in the right direction. I've been pleased. They had a little culture shock a little bit but I've been pleased. Once they kind of saw what I wanted, what I was demanding out of them, they started to get used to it," William Fleming Head Coach Bobby Martin said.
The Colonels have had two total wins the past three seasons, and haven't had a winning season since 2009.
As far as goals and expectations go for this year, Coach Martin is focusing on discipline and effort, and hoping that translates into a few more wins. With those core values and basics principles implemented, he's working at taking a step in the right direction toward re-building the football program at Fleming.
"What I've tried to do is say this. Let's work hard. Let's learn how to work hard. Stay committed. And I believe when you do that, all the other stuff will take care of itself. You start saying you got to score so many points, let's just get better and then see what happens. They want to win. I mean, they wanted to win the last few years. It just didn't happen. I want them to feel good when they walk off the field at night. For me, if my players and my coaches are better people when we finish, if they're better than when we started, the we're successful," Martin said.