EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Memorial Tigers made their way to Indianapolis on Friday.
14 News was able to catch up with Head Coach John Hurley minutes before the team left.
This is far from his first state appearance.
“The one thing that stands out, for me, is the selflessness as a group,” Coach Hurley said.
The Memorial Tigers are hoping to secure another state title.
“They’re fighting for something way bigger than themselves,” former coach Larry Mattingly stated.
The team took the field for their final practice Friday morning, only hours before a few dozen fans filled Memorial’s gym for a sendoff.
“See it as just another week,” senior Logan Lively explained. “We can’t get over-hyped about this stuff and we have to make sure to do the little things.”
A state appearance is no stranger to the Memorial Tigers. In fact, it’s their fifth under coach John Hurley. And it’s the third straight year the Tigers have made it to the final weekend of the season.
Two years ago, in 2017, the Tigers brought home the 3A title.
Lively and fellow senior Zachary Pruitt are hoping for a repeat.
“And to bring home a state championship was just incredible,” Lively recalled.
This year is different because a new division puts the squad in 4A.
“We were able to get two teams from this area to go up to Lucas Oil—Heritage Hills and us,” Hurley told 14 News. “If we were playing in the same 3A class, one of us isn’t going. So, I think that’s a good thing. The one thing I will say about 4A— it’s a little bigger, a little faster. It stands out in the size of the rosters and players. We’re a little undersized at times and that may be the case a little bit tomorrow.”
“Were going to be ready,” senior Zachary Pruitt told us. “We’re mentally tough. We can bend, not break.”
Coach Hurley says the team will have dinner, hopefully, get a good night’s rest and be ready to go Saturday.
14 News will have the highlights and post-game reaction on Saturday at 6 and 10 p.m.