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Ben Lippen High School
Columbia

Reynolds takes reins of Ben Lippen football

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Columbia—Two years ago, the Ben Lippen football team won a SCISA Class AAA championship.  Now the Falcons are going through a transition period, as Westwood defensive coordinator James Reynolds was hired to take over the program.

It is his second stint at the school, so there is some familiarity.  Reynolds was able to see some of the players in action during the spring, but several key guys were missing due to commitments to the baseball and track teams.

“The most we were able to do were some fundamental drills and introduce them to some offensive and defensive concepts.  We were able to get the kids that weren’t involved with track or baseball out there to try to find the best spots for them.  That was about the extent of what we were able to do,” Reynolds said.

The Falcons have a good nucleus to build around, starting with veteran wide receiver Ryan Fleming, who has been the biggest leader in the offseason.

“Even on days off, I’ll go up to the school to get work done and he’ll have a group of guys out there throwing and catching and asking to get in the weight room.  That’s happened on multiple occasions since I’ve been hired.  Ryan does a great job of making sure the guys are doing all they can do to get ready,” Reynolds said.

Other key seniors on offense include lineman Matthew Failoni, running back Sam Stockman and wide receiver Benjamin SatcherRob Gordon will take over at quarterback.

Defensively, junior end Javon Randolph anchors the front with Cole Burns and Chapin transfer Jalil Borelli making an impact at linebacker.  Eli Johnson is solid at safety, and sophomore Will Taylor is an outstanding athlete that will likely see time at multiple positions on the field.

Ben Lippen will continue its preparation for the regular season over the next two months, and Reynolds wants that winning culture to start in the weight room.

“We have 18 workout opportunities and I’m looking forward to having great numbers.  Our first day was yesterday and we had good numbers, and we want to maintain that throughout the summer,” Reynolds said.

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