Quarterback Max Huseboe lines up to take a snap from center Aaron Socha as guards Brice Peth, left, and Garrett Briskie flank them. According to head coach Mark Bradley, the play of the offensive line will be even more important this season due to the new scheme.
Quarterback Max Huseboe lines up to take a snap from center Aaron Socha as guards Brice Peth, left, and Garrett Briskie flank them. According to head coach Mark Bradley, the play of the offensive line will be even more important this season due to the new scheme.

   A new coach often means players have a lot to learn.

   The Ripon High School Tiger football team has embraced that in offseason workouts and during the first couple weeks of practice.

   “They’ve been really excited and here to learn and ... just getting after things,” said first-year head coach Mark Bradley, who is taking over after Ronell Hubanks resigned after three years at the helm. “They’ve been positive with each other. They’re helping each other. They’re kind of all going through a common goal of learning the offense and the defense. And just kind of being together as a team has really kind of stood out and been impressive.”

   While the team has shown a willingness to learn, the change remains a work in progress.

   “We’re putting in a new offense so that takes time to learn it and then to get repetition,” Bradley said, noting it can be tough for the players to stay focused when they go over plays time after time. “... That’s a weakness of just not having that comfortable offense where they’ve been playing it for years …

   “We’re still learning and trying to figure out our offense and trying to figure out the nuances of the new defense that’s different from previous years. But they’re doing a great job of picking things up and putting them into action until we’re happy with where we’re at.”

Read the full story, which includes information on the changes on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, as well as who will be charged with executing them, in the Aug. 22, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.