McCurry: Tigers’ first days refresher courses

The Ripley Tigers were the second school to open summer practice on Monday. The Tigers took to the field at 4 p.m. in shorts and helmets. The Tigers advanced to the second round of MHSAA Class 3A playoffs last season and hopes are high for a team that returns most of their offense and defense from a year ago. Coach Mac McCurry leads the Tigers and their potential Wing T offense. McCurry said the first few days of practice would focus on adjusting to the heat and going back over things learned during spring practice. “The weather is pretty predictable. It can be cool all summer long, but the first day of football practice it’s going to be hot,” said McCurry. “Right now, we are going in shorts and helmets and then we’ll ease into full pads next week. We want to get them acclimated to the weather and teach them how we are going to practice. “As much as anything, the first two or three days are refreshers from the spring and so far today we’ve worked on defense and a little of the kicking game. I have been pleased at the retention that the defense has had. They basically picked right up from where we left off in the spring, and that’s what you want.” The Tigers open their season Aug. 28, with a home date with long-time rival, the New Albany Bulldogs.

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