Brainerd High School 2022

Team Profile

Photos by Andy Mitchell Photography & DLEW Productions

Q & A With Coach Martels Carter brainerd high school football coach

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

A: Committed.

Q: What will be the keys to your success?

A: Handling the small things.

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

A: Donivon Thomas (ATH), Martels Carter Jr. (ATH), Torey Brooks (OL/DL), Jay’un Smith (ATH), Terrance Lee (WR/DB), and Quintus Broadnax (WR/DB).

Q: What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A: We are paying attention to details! We have a state championship defense coordinator and a young, innovative offensive coordinator.

Q: What will keep you up at night?

A: Nothing. God directs our ship.

Q: What can you build on from last year?

A: The level of commitment from the community.

Q: Any lessons learned from last year?

A: We are an off-season away.

Q: Will we see anything different this year?

A: More speed.

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

A: We have Donnell Dunning over our human performance. He is the king of speed.

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Coach name:Martels Carter Sr. (1 yr. as a head coach, 1st as head coach at Brainerd)

Division/Class: TN I-3A

2021 Overall Record: 3-7

2021 District Finish: 5th

Mascot: Panthers

2022 Schedule


18 Bradley Central (A)

27 Howard (A)


2 Kingston (H)

9 Tyner Academy (A)

16 McMinn Central (H)

23 Austin-East (H)

30 Loudon (H)


13 Sweetwater (A)

21 Ooltewah (A)

28 Signal Mountain (H)

Coach’s View

We are focusing on how we do things from the start of the day until it ends. Waking up with the right mindset and attacking the day fast with a sense of urgency! We know that if we find solutions for whatever problems we are faced with that we will finish the day on top. We are just making sure we win each day.

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