High school football practice underway

Monday, high school football teams in Mississippi began afterschool practice for the upcoming 2022 season. In an effort to deal with the scorching heat, that’s a change from recent years when teams were allowed to begin fall practice in the weeks leading up to the first day of school.

The Ripley Tigers return experience up front senior (C) Robert Allen, juniors Eathan Crook (LG) and Jacob Berryhill (G) and sophomore (LT).

Teams must practice in shorts and shirts for the first few days, before adding shoulder pads and finally all pads.

The 2022 Mississippi High School Activities Association High School Football season begins Friday, Aug. 26. All three Tippah County teams will start the season at home. Falkner hosts Potts Camp. Byhalia is at Ripley. The battle for the Tippah/Benton county line takes place in Walnut, as Ashland pays a visit.

Head Coach Perry Lyles returns for his second season at Ripley. Junior quarterback Ty Long and senior RB Keegan Strong helped the Tigers to a 9-3 record and a playoff win over Yazoo City.

Time Change

Be advised that earlier last month, the MHSAA Executive Committee changed kickoff times for all high school varsity football games throughout the month of September. Games will begin at 7:30 p.m. and include a heat timeout per quarter.

The committee also noted that middle school, freshman, and junior varsity are allowed to be played earlier, however schools can move start times back to avoid as much heat as possible.

The 2022 MHSAA High School Football Championships are scheduled for Dec. 2-3 inside the University of Southern Mississippi’s M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg.

Here are a few looks at Ripley High School’s first day. Along with a quick look at their 2022 schedule, which includes four home games that will be broadcast on RC TV19 this season.

Look for scenes/schedules from Falkner and Walnut later this week.

2022 Ripley Tigers Football Schedule

Aug. 26 Byhalia

Sept. 2 @HollySprings

Sept. 9 Kossuth (HC)

Sept. 16 @Senatobia

Sept. 30 @North Pontotoc

Oct. 30 New Albany

Oct. 14 @South Pontotoc

Oct. 21 Houston

Oct. 27 @Pontotoc

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