The springs sports seasons are now in the books for the Charleston school district, and the Tigers have now turned their attention to the upcoming 2021 high school football season. Charleston, coming off of last year’s 3A-1 championship, is looking to improve this year with not only another conference championship, but a possible deep run through the state football playoffs.
Tigers head football coach Ricky May is entering his third season at the helm of the Charleston football program, and he looks to keep his streak in tact by once again returning the Tigers to the state playoffs. May guided an injury-riddled team into the playoffs in his first season, and in 2020, amid the COVID pandemic, he led the Tigers to an undefeated season in the 3A-1 conference. Charleston won their first round playoff game at Alumni Field against the Mayflower Eagles, but fell in the second round to state quarterfinalist Glen Rose.
The Tigers were a young and talented team in 2020, and many of those players are returning this fall after having significant playing time last season. And if that is not enough for Charleston, the Tigers have a rising sophomore class of players that is very good and will have several who will contribute this fall. So if Charleston can keep their players on the field this fall, they should be very tough to beat in 2021.
The Tigers held their third spring practice on Wednesday, and Resident Press was their to bring you pictures of the players as they went to work to prepare for the upcoming season. The team spent over two hours on the Alumni Field turf going through a variety of individual and team drills on offense and defense. After the day’s practice, I asked Coach May for his thoughts about where his team is at this point in the spring. Coach May commented, “Day three of spring football is in the books. We made sure to get everyone looks today at some live team action on both sides of the ball, and hoping to see great things on film. We had a few players that had a good day, but we still have quite a few that have got to step up. I felt like we went faster on both sides of the ball, as well. We have moved a few players around to different spots and they seemed to pick it up better today, as well. No one is really standing out right now, but we are hoping that they all continue to learn and play hard.”
Additional photos from today’s practice are available on Facebook at Charleston Tigers Sports. Resident Press will continue to update you on the Tigers this spring and when the team resumes pre-season practice in August. But until then, you can get your “football fix” with these photos today. And for whatever it means to our readers, I came away from the practice very impressed with the team. The Tigers are deep and talented, and I know that under Coach May’s leadership, they will be more than ready when the season begins this fall.