HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Unlike Hank Jr., not all sing for Monday games

Mac McCurry’s only experience with having to play a postponed game on a Monday wasn’t a good one.
“We played a big rivalry game on a Monday night,” McCurry said about his one experience while coaching in Tennessee. “We weren’t successful on Monday, and we weren’t successful on Friday.”
McCurry, who now coaches at Ripley, is once again faced with the daunting task of preparing his team to play two games in five days.
The Tigers (2-4, 0-1 Division 1-3A) play at undefeated Booneville (6-0, 1-0 Division 1-3A), the Daily Journal’s top-ranked Class 3A team, tonight before hosting fifth-ranked Belmont (6-1, 1-1) this Friday.
Ripley cannot afford to lose another division game if it wants to win the division, and having to play two key division games in one week with a couple of starters out for the season only adds to the difficulty.
“This one is very big for us,” McCurry said of tonight’s postponed game. “It doesn’t make us happy to have to play on Monday night.”
McCurry’s Tippah County counterparts, Walnut High (5-1,1-0 Division 1-2A), will be playing their third Monday game of the season tonight in Walnut against Baldwyn (1-5, 1-0 Division 1-2A).
The Journal’s top-ranked small school is 1-1 in the Monday night games it has played.
“We came out flat in both Monday night games,” said Walnut coach Timmy Moore. “We responded against Kossuth, but not against Booneville. They (Booneville) are the best team we’ve played thus far.”
The Wildcats, who came from 14 down to beat Kossuth, visit Mantachie (2-6, 0-2) on Friday.
Meanwhile, Tupelo finds itself in a similar, if not more difficult, predicament.
The Golden Wave faces Southaven (5-1, 1-1 Division 1-6A) tonight at home in a game postponed from Friday and then will travel to Batesville on Friday to take on perennial power South Panola (6-1, 3-0).
Also tonight, Tupelo Christian (2-4) will play a postponed game against Jumpertown (0-3) tonight at home and Houlka (2-5) visits New Site (0-7).

Contact John Wilbert at 678-1572 or john.wilbert@djournal.com. Kedrick Storey is a writer for the Southern Sentinel.

John Wilbert and Kedrick Storey

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