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(WLTX) --- Sumter has lured Reggie Kennedy from Blythewood to take over its football program.

Kennedy spent the last two seasons with the Bengals. Before that, he had been at Fairfield Central for a total of seven years. A four-year stint in Winnsboro was followed by two years as the head coach at Orangeburg-Wilkinson. He returned to the Griffins for three years prior to moving to Blythewood.

This past season, he led the Bengals to a 9-3 record and a spot in the 4A playoffs. His first season at Blythewood saw his team catch fire in the playoffs, advancing to the 4A Upper State finals where they lost to Byrnes.

His last team at Fairfield Central made it to the 3A Upper State finals where it lost to South Pointe.

Kennedy will take over a Sumter program that has a rich history but has struggled of late, winning just 11 games in the last three seasons.