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Ben Lippen rallies to beat Wilson Hall 28-14

By J.B. BRUNSON
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 10/6/19

Wilson Hall came into its football game with Ben Lippen on Friday looking to build on the momentum it picked up from last week's 30-14 victory over Pinewood Prep.

It would be a tale of two halves for the Barons. Wilson Hall won the first half, …

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Ben Lippen rallies to beat Wilson Hall 28-14

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Wilson Hall came into its football game with Ben Lippen on Friday looking to build on the momentum it picked up from last week's 30-14 victory over Pinewood Prep.

It would be a tale of two halves for the Barons. Wilson Hall won the first half, hoisting a 14-7 lead going into halftime. However, Ben Lippen would adjust and score 21 unanswered points in the second half for a 28-14 victory at Spencer Field.

The Falcons, who improved to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in SCISA 3A, used stout defensive play that caused turnovers and gave their offense good field position in the second half.

When asked what he took away from the game, WH head coach Adam Jarecki said, "We can't turn the ball over. We turned the ball over all night. In the second half we just couldn't get anything going. We had our chances and we let them get away.

"I'm proud of our effort, our guys played hard." When asked what changed in the second half, Bl head coach James Reynolds said, "We told them to stop getting in their own way. Don't be afraid to be great. We have to stop playing to not mess up. We have to play to win every rep, and that's what we focused on in the second half."

The game would begin with Wilson Hall receiving the ball and both teams fumbling the ball to each other three times on back-to-back-to-back possessions. Following the Barons' second fumble, Ben Lippen would start on Wilson Hall's 26-yard line. Ben Lippen quarterback Will Taylor would complete a 22-yard pass to wide receiver Paul Taylor to get to the 4. Taylor wen in on a quarterback draw to give the Falcons a 7-0 lead with 1:12 left in the first quarter.

Wilson Hall began its next possession at its 42-yard line. The Barons responded with a scoring drive spearheaded by the legs of running back Emory Moore, who would have an explosive 30-yard run as well as the final 2-yard rushing touchdown to tie the game at 7-7 with 7:45 left in the second quarter.

Wilson Hall began its next drive at its 19 with 3:36 left in the first half. Wilson Hall put together a 13 play, 81-yard scoring drive, featuring two huge passing plays from quarterback Tate Sistare to running back Graham VanPatten, the first a 30-yard completion to extend the drive, and the second an 18-yard touchdown with one second left in the first half to give the Barons a 14-7 lead going into halftime.

Ben Lippen would receive the ball to begin the second and would come out striking. Through a steady ground attack led by Will Taylor and running back Jeremiah Ullah, the Falcons were able to use a lot of game clock and put together a 10-play, 54-yard scoring drive that would be capped with a 4-yard passing touchdown from Taylor to wide receiver Davis Holt to tie the game at 14-14 with 5:24 left in the third quarter.

After stopping the Barons on their next possession, the Falcons took over at its 20-yard line and drove to their own 38 to end the third quarter. On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Barons' defense would intercept Taylor and begin their next possession at their own 24-yard line.

Ben Lippen's defense would step up and begin to take over the game. The Falcons would sack Sistare for a loss of 16 yards, forcing the Barons to punt from their 1-yard line. A 25-yard punt would give the Falcons good field position, setting them up at Wilson Hall's 26. Ben Lippen would quickly take advantage of the short field with a 2-play, 26-yard scoring drive highlighted with a 23-yard rushing touchdown from Jeremiah Ullah to give the Falcons a 21-14 lead with 8:47 left in the fourth quarter.

The Falcons' defense would come up huge again on the next drive, intercepting Sistare and setting up their offense at Wilson Hall's 32-yard line. Taylor and Ullah would take all the carries on a 5-play, 32-yard scoring drive that was finished off with a 4-yard rushing touchdown from Taylor, giving the Falcons a 28-14 lead 4:54 left in the fourth quarter.

The Barons, who fell to 1-4 overall and 1-4 in SCISA 3A, will continue their schedule on the road when they travel to Augusta Christian.

"We have to get ready to play Augusta Christian," Jarecki said. "We have to put this behind us. (There are) a lot of positives from tonight, but we have to improve, we have to get better to have a chance to win next week."