In a strange twist of fate, Reggie Kennedy and Tommy Brown essentially traded head coaching positions during the off-season.
Kennedy returns to Fairfield Central after a brief, two-year stay at Orangeburg-Wilkinson. Brown took over for Kennedy in 2006, and returns to O-W in Kennedy’s place. Brown guided the Bruins for 12 seasons (1991-2002) before being let go.
Kennedy, who has had success at every stop in his coaching career, guided the Griffins to a 31-16 record in his initial four-year stay in Winnsboro, including an impressive 22-3 run in the two seasons before he left for Orangeburg. The goal is to get FC back to that level of success. The Griffins dropped off to 12-11 during Brown’s two seasons in charge.
The Griffins veteran base is on defense where seven starters returns – Joshua Roseborough and Romen Broome on the line, Mike Hopkins, Ralph Cooper and Tavon Bouknight at linebacker and Marcus Byrd and Christopher Hopkins in the secondary.
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There are more holes to fill on the other side, but the return of quarterback Justin Trapp and receiver McKendrix Thompson bodes well for a potent passing game. The running game should improve, as well. Shane Boulware is the top running back and the offensive line features Jordan Belton and Cam Pearson at tackle, Jabari Hollins at guard and Lindsey Adams at center.
FC should have no trouble making the playoff cut out of Region 4-3A, and might even give defending region and Upper State champion Chester a run for the money. The Griffins open the season Aug. 29 at Blythewood.