East Ridge High School

ER.CoachJamesCoach’s Corner
Coach Tim James

Q: How would you characterize this year’s team?

A: This year’s team returns some experienced players, so what we lack in numbers is more than made up for with quality.

Q: What will be the keys to your success?

A: We graduated a lot of great seniors on defense, so our new players must mature quickly.

Q: Who will be your key leaders on the team?

A: Last year’s Class 3A Tennessee Mr. Football Traneil Moore (Sr., RB/LB), Trey Hubbard (Sr., TE/LB), and Deondre Chambliss (Sr., OL/DL). 

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A: We have eight returning starters on offense.

Q: What can you build on from last year?

A: That’s a tall task, considering last year was the best season in school history, but there’s always room to improve.

Q: Any lessons learned from last year?

A: Our team leaders must be the first ones on the field and the last ones off. They must lead by example.

Q: Will we see anything different this year?

A: We’ll be completely different on the offensive side of the ball with the multiple set wing-t offense, and we’ll be based out of an odd front on defense.

Q: How would you characterize your team’s speed?

A: We have above average team speed and hope to use that to our advantage on both sides of the ball. With Traneil Moore (Sr., RB/LB) and Lorenzo Stewart (Jr., RB/LB) in the backfield, our running game should be pretty strong.

Coach’s View

We’re very optimistic about the 2016 campaign. We have a lot of experience coming back on the offense. In the same breath, we’re concerned about the impact graduation had on our defense, particularly in the secondary where we lost all four of our defensive backs. If our younger kids step up and we stay healthy, we can be really good again this year.


Photos by Larry Sewell


Will Mercer, Traneil Moore, and Eric Bennett

Will Mercer, Traneil Moore, Eric Bennett

Trey Hubbard

Trey Hubbard

BJ Church

BJ Church

Jordan Lindsey

Jordan Lindsey

Traneil Moore

Traneil Moore

Deondre Chambliss

Deondre Chambliss

Jordan Harvey

Jordan Harvey


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