Chattanooga Christian Ready For Jump to Division II Classification
Chattanooga-(WDEF) It’s a new era for Chattanooga Christian football this year.
They’ve moving up to the Division II private school classification, where the Chargers will have to tackle some of the top teams in the state.
The CCS players and coaches are embracing their move to a higher league of competition.
Said running back Romondo Ellison:”It definitely put some energy in us because we’ve got competition that pushes us to work harder. Definitely looking forward to it.”
As if the Chargers new district wasn’t tough enough, they’re opening the year against McCallie.
Said lineman Seth Turney:”The team is excited. We are ready for the challenge. It’s just going to be great. We get to get out there and start big and just see how we do.”
The CCS numbers are getting bigger.
They’ve gone from 40-players to 61 this season, but the team will be young.
Said head coach Mark Mariakis:”We are probably going to have two or three 14-year-olds out there that are trying to do what we ask them to do to beat high quality teams.”
At least the Chargers have high quality facilities.
Said Mariakis:”The facilities here at CCS I think is probably one of the most hidden gems in Chattanooga. I mean I know even when I interviewed three years ago I asked them where do they play their football games at. I didn’t even know they had this field here. Facility wise we don’t hurt for nothing. Brand new weight room.”
If only CCS could add a speed room to go along side their weight room.
Said Mariakis:”Got to work on some team speed. You’re playing the teams we are going to play, you’ve got to have speed. It makes you look smart as a coach.”
The Chargers theme this year is ‘Grow Up’.
And while CCS will likely endure growing pains, that’s fine with Coach Mariakis.
Said Mariakis:”We’re on a mission as a program. Not just setting goals because goals can be busted and can be not obtained. But if you are on a mission, nothing should get you off of that path of a mission.”