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Reggie Kennedy Starts 5th Season At Irmo With A State Championship On His Mind

Reggie Kennedy Starts 5th Season At Irmo With A State Championship On His Mind

By Billy G. Baker


Irmo—Entering his 5th season as the head football coach and athletic director at Irmo High Reggie Kennedy anticipates a break-out season for the Yellow Jackets.

“This is the first season we’ve had at Irmo where our quarterback (John Ragin) is returning as a two year starter and he rushed for 1,000 yards and passed for another 1,300 and he is a true dual threat,” said Coach Kennedy. “We also have our top running back returning in Kendall Flowers and he has committed to Wake Forest after gaining over 1,600 yards last season. On offense these two players make it happen for us and we are anticipating both of them having great senior seasons.”

Irmo returns six starters on offense and five starters on defense. “This is our best team I’ve had in five years at Irmo and we are excited about having an opportunity to have a championship season. No more moral victories, we are about winning a championship this season,” said Coach Kennedy. “A championship season is our focus.”

Helping block for Flowers and Ragin are three returning offensive linemen in left guard Shamar Young (6-1, 270) right guard Chris Williams (6-3, 260) and junior center Jabari Avery (6-2, 265).

Two big play receivers are back also in senior Diondre Shider (6-3, 190) and Ron Omarion (5-10, 175) who is a sprinter on the track team.

On defense senior prospect Julius Land (5-11, 190) has run a 4.3 forty and he is paired with returning linebacker Davonte Frazier (6-0, 215). Two senior defensive tackles are imposing in Eric Vinson (6-2, 2600 and Phillip Suber (6-2, 275). Defensive end Ira Murphy (6-2, 225) also returns. The top newcomer on defense is senior Amir Eubanks (6-1, 225).

“On our first day in pads Monday I could tell that we had made a lot of improvement over last season,” said Coach Kennedy. “The team worked hard on conditioning over the summer. I give a lot of credit to our new strength and conditioning coach Justin Corley who we hired over from Dutch Fork this season. He has been doing a very good job getting our players stronger and ready for this season.”

Irmo will conduct scrimmages with Lower Richland, Timberland and Darlington on August, 3rd before gong against Westwood, Rock Hill and North Augusta on Tuesday August, 7th.

Then on August 10th the Yellow Jackets host the 3rd annual Joe Turbeville Football Jamboree. In the 5:30 game Keenan will play Wade Hampton (H) followed by the 6:15 contest between Swansea and Richland Northeast. At 7 p.m. Fairfield Central plays Gray Collegiate and at 7:45 Ridge View challenges Dutch Fork. The event concludes at 8:30 when host Irmo plays Airport.   

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