Football player finds new tribe

Alex Washington looks for a path down the field during an away game against the Albemarle Patriots. Washington will play on the gridiron for the College of William & Mary next season. File Photo


Alex Washington began playing football at the age of four and has continued with it through his years in high school. His favorite aspect of the game is pretty straightforward.

“I really like the fact that you can hit people and get away with it,” he said with a laugh.

Washington has been on the Lions’ varsity team since his sophomore season in 2017, when the team made it all the way to the state championship game under the leadership of then-head coach Mark Fischer and ended the year with a 14-1 record. In the seasons since, Washington has helped guide the team to back-to-back undefeated regular seasons.

“We’ve had a pretty successful run,” he said. “We’re not used to losing.”

Washington accumulated just over 700 rushing yards on 61 carries in his high school career and added nearly 400 more as a receiver, with 33 receptions. During his junior season, he snagged five interceptions for 108 yards, even returning one for a touchdown.

With his years as a Lion now behind him, Washington is looking to the next chapter, which will see him play for the Tribe at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg.

“It’s been a dream of mine since I was little, to play in college,” he said. “I’m looking forward to making my mark at the next level.”

One of the biggest draws to William and Mary for Washington was not only their football program, but their academic offerings.

“The thing about being a student-athlete is that you’re a student first,” he said. “William and Mary has the best atmosphere for me to focus on both football and academics.”

He feels that his time in Louisa playing for both Coach Fischer and Head Coach Will Patrick has more than prepared him for both aspects of college.

“You’ve got to be disciplined,” he said. “Even if I’m not playing my best, if I come out with the right effort and attitude, I know I can get better.”

Even though he is excited to take this next step, Washington said he’s going to miss playing for the Lions.

“I’m really going to miss the brotherhood [we had],” he said. “We grew up together, played together, saw each other every day in class. That’s what I’m going to miss the most.”

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