2018-06-08 / Sports

New coach brings familiar feel to Ben Lippen

By Josh Cruse

Ryan Fleming is a returning starter at wide receiver for Ben Lippen. Ryan Fleming is a returning starter at wide receiver for Ben Lippen. It was a tough end to the 2017 season for the Ben Lippen Falcons, beginning with a loss to Laurence Manning in the SCISA 3A semifinals and culminating with the loss of head coach Derek White who moved on to Presbyterian Christian School in Virginia.

Replacing White is a name many Ben Lippen fans may be familiar with in James Reynolds, a former Falcons’ assistant under Reggie Shaw. In between stints with Ben Lippen were stops at River Bluff and Westwood.

Reynolds’ familiarity with Ben Lippen has made the transition a little easier. Reynolds also inherits a program with players accustomed to winning.

Over the last two years, Ben Lippen has won 17 games and a SCISA 3A State Championship. The success extended to the baseball diamond this spring, where a number of football players were unable to attend spring practice because they were helping the Falcons compete in the baseball state championship series against Cardinal Newman. Without so many players available for spring practice, Reynolds wasn’t able to install much of the offensive and defensive schemes he wants to run and worked instead on drills and fundamentals.

Even with a limited time on campus and a scaled back spring practice, a few players have already stuck out for Reynolds. Ryan Fleming returns as a leader at wide receiver. Graham Jones has impressed in the weight room and could see time on the field at a number of positions on both offense and defense. There are big expectations for middle linebacker Cole Burns, and, according to Reynolds, Will Taylor has shown a lot of leadership as he heads into his sophomore year. Reynolds is hoping for a breakout season from Sam Stockman, who has added some weight in preparation for the 2018 season. Jackson Boyd has also shown good leadership during the offseason.

Reynolds is also looking for big impacts from some Taylor, Garrett Gamble and Kempton Meetze who played football for the Falcons in 2017.

Due to the limited spring practice, a lot of importance will be placed on workouts during the summer and the weeks of fall practice leading up to the start of the season. Reynolds said he is even open to working in the classroom to work on the schemes if it helps the team get ready for the season.

The return of offensive coordinator Scott Jones helps, ensuring the offensive scheme remains the same.

Reynolds isn’t putting any expectations as far as wins or losses on the 2018 season. However, he wants his players to compete and opposing teams to know they will have a tough battle when they face the Falcons.

At the very least, there are at lot of players who know what it takes to win at Ben Lippen.

Head Coach:
James Reynolds
(1st season)

2017 record: 7-3
2017 playoffs: lost to
Laurence Manning 43-
40 in the SCISA 3A

2018 Schedule

Aug. 17 at Orangeburg Prep
Aug. 24 vs. Pinewood Prep
Aug. 31 vs. Hammond
Sept. 7 at First Baptist
Sept. 14 vs. Augusta
Sept. 21 at Laurence
Sept. 28 vs. Wilson Hall
Oct. 5 at Heathwood Hall
Oct. 19 at Porter-Gaud
Oct. 26 vs. Cardinal

5-year win trend
2013: 2
2014: 9
2015: 5
2016: 10
2017: 7

Points per game:
Ben Lippen: 38.5
Opponents: 23.5

2017 Results

University Christian 14-44 L
Heathwood Hall 53-6 W
Hammond 20-35 L
Porter-Gaud 42-28 W
Pinewood Prep 55-21 W
Laurence Manning 26-23 W
Orangeburg Prep 34-7 W
Wilson Hall 49-14 W
Cardinal Newman 52-14 W

Laurence Manning 40-43 L

2017 Regular Season
Rushing offense 267.0
Passing Offense 286.1
Total Offense 553.0

2017 Stat leaders
Passing: Trad Beatty,
2,293 yards
Rushing: Kyle Wright,
1,711 yards
Receiving: Trey Norman,
751 yards
Tackles: Tyrique Brown,

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