High school football preview: CVU Redhawks


3 IN THE 20-18 HIGH SCHOOL FALL SEASON…CHAMPLAIN VALLEY UNION CLAIMED THREE VERMONT STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS…THE REDHAWKS FOOTBALL TEAM…HOWEVER…DID NOT EXPERIENCE THE SAME SUCCES…AND AS THE START OF THE 20-19 SLATE GROWS NEARER…C-V-U HAS A LOT TO PROVE…AND A NEW COACH… ENTER RAHN FLEMING…A LONGTIME TEACHER AND ASSISTANT COACH AROUND THE REDHAWK CAMPUS…AND NOW COMING INTO THE LEAD ROLE TRYING TO GUIDE THE SQUAD BACK TO BEING THE CONTENDER IT HAS BEEN IN THE NOT-SO DISTANT PAST…THE TEAM REACHED THE D-ONE SEMIFINALS IN 20-15 AND 16…BUT LAST SEASON C-V-U FAILED TO EARN EVEN ONE DIVISION ONE VICTORY…BUT SUCCESS IS JUST AS MUCH MENTAL AS IT IS PHYSICAL…AND THE NEW HEAD COACH IS MAKING THAT CLEAR IN HIS STRATEGY…FIRST AND FOREMOST…FLEMING WANTS TO TEACH THE TEAM THAT TOGETHERNESS IS KEY… 3 RAHN FLEMING: “THE PRONOUN OF THE DAY IS ALWAYS ‘WE.’ THAT’S THE PRONOUN OF THE DAY. WHAT CAN WE DO TOGETHER TO GET AFTER THIS AND MAKE IT HAPPEN, AND WHERE CAN YOU FIT IN TO MAKE OUR ‘WE’ STRONGER.”ZACH GAMELIN: “WE TRUST EACH OTHER. WHEN WE GO ON TO PLAY YOU HAVE TO DO YOUR JOB AND YOU HAVE TO TRUST THE MAN NEXT TO YOU TO MAKE THAT BLOCK, OR THE QUARTERBACK TO MAKE THE RIGHT READ. WE TRUST EVERYONE OUT HERE AND WE KNOW THAT WE’LL DO WELL IF WE TRUST EACH OTHER.” AND GIVEN THE TEAM’S FINISH AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STANDINGS LAST YEAR…THE REDHAWKS ENTER THE NEW CAMPAIGN IN A MAJOR UNDERDOG ROLE… 3 ISAIAH GILLIS: “WE WERE ONE AND EIGHT LAST SEASON, YEAH? ANYWAY, WE ONLY WON ONE GAME AND IT WAS ONLY A D-TWO TEAM SO THERE’S REALLY NO OTHER WAY WE CAN GO BUT UP.”RAHN FLEMING: “WE’RE NEVER GOING TO FORGET IT’S A GAME. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE FUN DOING IT, WE’RE GOING TO ENJOY EACH OTHER’S COMPANY, AND I BELIEVE WE’RE GOING TO SURPRISE SOME PEOPLE.”PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO IN WEEK ONE…C-V-U HOSTS 20-18 D-ONE RUNNER UP RUTLAND ON SATURDAY…AUGUST 31…

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