RIPLEY - There are a lot of changes happening in the Ripley High School football camp.
The biggest change is in the head coaching position where former Eastern (OH) head coach David Tennant takes over the reigns after Jimmy Frashier resigned to accept an administrative position at Ravenswood High School.
Outside of a coaching shift that includes a virtual reconstruction of the assistant coaching staff, the Vikings will play a rough and tumble schedule in 2013.
While the Class AAA Mountain State Athletic Conference is widely believed to be the toughest in West Virginia from top to bottom, the league has suffered through two straight losses to Martinsburg in the Class AAA championship game.
The Bulldogs have won three in a row and are best known for famous alumnus like Vicky Bullett, a two time Olympic Gold Medalist and former WNBA player and Fulton Walker, a former NFL defensive back and kick returner.
Prior to Martinsburg’s stranglehold on the title, the MSAC had reeled off four Class AAA championships in a row.
The Vikings’ schedule for 2013 has a slightly different look from 2012. Ripley will host new additions Spring Valley and Huntington while traveling to Point Pleasant and George Washington.
Gone from last season’s slate are Woodrow Wilson, Roane County, Hurricane and Saint Albans with Hurricane being the strongest foe. The cross county rivalry with Ravenswood remains intact. The “Hatchet Game” will be played at Ripley on November 8, putting a cap on the regular season.
Ripley (5-5) in 2012, will kick off the season on August 30 when Parkersburg South rolls into Death Valley. The Vikings are pushing for their first playoff berth since 2009.