Charleston, Booneville square off in scrimmage

It's preseason scrimmage time and while the games don't count and the players won't be utilized like they would be in a real game, some questions are going to get answered. Two of the state's top coaches pit their teams against each other on Monday when Booneville and Charleston meet up at Bearcat Stadium.

Though only a scrimmage, Monday's action at Bearcat Stadium in Booneville will
pit a pair of coaches against one another who have amassed over 100 wins at
their current school, a rarity in today's high school coaching ranks. With 127
wins in 13 seasons, Kenneth Rippy is Booneville¹s all-time leader in wins by a
head coach. He overtook Gene Bradley for the top spot during the 2000 season and
now owns a 20-game margin over Bradley, a man Rippy both played for and later
coached under. With just 32 losses in those 13 years, Rippy's winning percentage
is .799 Shane Storey, meanwhile, eclipsed the century mark with a 51-6 win over
Hackett last year and is now 106-27-1 in 11 seasons, a .795 winning percentage.
"Coach Storey and me have been going at each other for an awfully long time,"
Rippy said last week of the matchup between the two 100-game winners. "He¹s
built a great program over there and his record speaks for itself. "It¹s easier
to face his team when it doesn¹t count in the standings." Ironically,
Rippy-coached teams have accounted for six of Storey¹s losses, almost 19 percent
of all Charleston losses since Storey began at his alma matter in 1992. Rippy
and Storey also have a common thread in that they are coaching the schools from
where they graduated. Storey's first game as a head coach was a wild 42-32 loss
to Rippy's 1992 Bearcats. Though Charleston last won a regular season game
against Booneville the year before Storey arrived, preseason scrimmages are
tilted decidedly in the Tigers' favor. Preseason meetings between the two
schools just 16 miles apart began six years ago, following a reclassification
that removed Charleston's traditional rival, Lavaca, from its conference,
prompting the Tigers to schedule the Golden Arrows in the week-one slot that had
been reserved for Booneville. Since the schools began "keeping score" by adding
two quarters of game-condition play to the scrimmage, Charleston has won that
portion of the scrimmage every year. Last year the Tigers built a 13-0 lead and
won, 13-8. A year before, Doc Crowley threw a touchdown pass with 12 seconds to
play in a 14-7 Charleston win and in 2000, when the Bearcats won the Class AAA
title, Crowley and Charleston also won the game-type play, 14-7. However,
Crowley has graduated and it is Rippy who has his starting quarterback. Senior
Josh Holloway will be back under center for Rippy after a season in which he ran
for 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns and threw for 483 yards and six more scores.
Rippy will likely look at seniors Aaron Kimes and Nathan Waters, juniors Jeremy
McDonald and Anthony Tillery and sophomores Daniel Shaw and Tobler Turner, and
maybe others in the backfield Monday. Sophomore Derek Davis is backing up
Holloway after leading Booneville Junior High to a 9-0 mark in 2002. Up front,
guard Michael Moats is the most experienced lineman back, but guard Bret Cook
has starting experience at tight end and Ron Wells saw a lot of playing time as
a sophomore. Just because he doesn¹t have the All-World Crowley, doesn't mean
Storey is searching for players to contribute. The Tigers have seven offensive
starters back from a 12-1 team that lost to eventual state champion Harding
Academy in the quarterfinals of the Class AA state playoffs. Storey has Blake
Bates, Jeremy Brewton and the 2002 sophomore sensation Drew Hill as candidates
to move the ball on the ground, or Clay Crowley, Doc¹s brother, as an air
target. Defensively the Cats have seven players back, including Brad Ryles who
recorded two safeties in 2002 and two way players Cook, Moats, McDonald,
Holloway and Kimes as well as Jacob King, who started at defensive end as a
sophomore. Charleston has nine defenders back, including leading tackler Brandon
Corley.

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