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High School Sports Jun 11th, 2022 - 13:41:05

Lassiter discusses spring practice, upcoming season.

By Dave Whitaker
Jun 11, 2022, 16:32

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BCHS had one of the best football seasons in school history last year, finishing 11-1 and winning region. Though losing eight starters (four offense, four defense) the Royals return numerous playmakers on both sides of the ball including quarterback Eli Mullis, running back Jahvon Butler, wide receiver Jaden Mobley, free safety Tyler Wilcox, as well as linebackers Christian Newbern and Nehemiah Mack.

Head coach Von Lassiter took time via email to discuss spring practice as well as his thoughts on the new region and expectations for the upcoming season. They had 78 players attend spring practice. Lassiter said a lot of the younger players got reps due to older players being involved in spring sports. He thinks it will help them build depth.

Lassiter added “Our guys worked hard, and we had really good participation and attendance.”

The scheduled spring game at Effingham County didn’t take place as lightning in the area shut things down after just three plays. Despite that, Lassiter said summer OTA’s would be very beneficial as they normally aren’t missing a lot of players.

For the next two years, the Royals will be in Region 2-A, Division 1 of the GHSA. There are just four other teams, Dublin, East Laurens, Jefferson County, and Swainsboro. As a result, BC has a very stout non-region schedule.

It includes trips to Wilcox County, Schley County and Pelham, as well as home matchups against Dodge County, perennial GISA power Westfield, as well as West Laurens. Lassiter said the teams in the region are good, so the tough non-region schedule will help them prepare for region play.

He also said their success over the years makes scheduling more challenging. Lassiter summed up the schedule this way by saying “The bottom line is we want to play good teams that will help us be better in region and the playoffs.”

Another result of BC’s success has been coaches leaving for other jobs over the years. Sean Patrick was hired as head coach at Trion. John Ford left to become head coach at Effingham County. Ryan McKenzie left this year to become the head coach at Chattahoochee County. Longtime defensive backs coach Derrick Farrow was hired by Tift County to be the defensive backs coach.

Despite the turnover, the Royals have continued to be successful each season. Lassiter believes the success of the players has helped the coaches get the opportunities, adding “Our guys take pride in the fact they help our coaches better themselves. It’s a family type atmosphere and our family likes to see good things happen to the people within our organization.”

Successful teams are always looking to improve, and the Royals are no different. Lassiter said they would like to see better and consistent leadership as well as being fresh and ready to play later in the year.

Though last season was great, it ended earlier than many hoped in round two of the playoffs. Lassiter believes they have the potential to make a playoff run in 2022 saying, “We believe there is a huge ceiling for this team. Our guys all believe that we have a tremendous opportunity to play for a long time this season.”

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