Five Chattanooga High School Teams Ready to Compete in Class 4A Region Two
Harrison, TN-(WDEF) Five Chattanooga area high school football teams make up Class 4A Region two.
Coaches and players from the region met the media Wednesday at Central high school to give us a mini-preview of their team.
East Ridge is jumping up from 3A to 4A this fall, and they have to replace all-state running back Traneil Moore. Two big concerns for head coach Tim James.
James:”We are the smallest 4A school in the state of Tennessee. The cut off was 822, and we had 827 students. So depth is a definite concern for us.”
East Hamilton may be working on depth at quarterback.
They had to play three quarterbacks last year due to injures.
Said head coach Ted Gatewood:”You go home and pray a lot, and you think about it, and you say look.
You know it is what it is. We’ve just got to keep working in getting kids experience. But injuries are going to happen. It’s part of the game.”
Hixson has a new head coach in Garry Murray.
And sadly for coach Murray, he will have to break in an entirely new offensive line.
Said Murray:”Losing six offensive linemen is a big deal. We’re just trying to make sure that we get those positions filled up.”
Howard graduated eighty percent of their offense from last season according to head coach John Starr, so he’s hoping the Hustlin’ Tigers defense can carry the load.
Said Starr:”Defensively, we are going to try to build on speed. We feel like if our kids can run well enough, they can overcome a lot of coaching mistakes. We’re really going to work hard on trying to get the fastest eleven guys on the field.”
Central returns two play-makers in the backfield, so that should make the play-calling easy for the Purple Pounders.
Said head coach Cortney Braswell:”Dual threat quarterback Jaheim Jones and running back Michael McGhee. Our philosophy is simple. Hand it to that guy. We want to get the ball to that guy. I heard coach Starr and coach James the old heads kind of say, it’s cat offense. Give it to that cat and that cat and that cat, and we want to let them go.”