Chattanooga Christian School 2021

Team Profile

Photos Courtesy of Heath Austin

Q&A with Coach Mark Mariakis

CCS football coach mark mariakisQ: How would you characterize this year’s team?

A: Determined and focused. Since COVID-19 ended our season last year in the Elite 8 Round, our team feels like there is unfinished business.

Q: What will be the keys to your success?

A: Leadership from our experienced players.

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

A: Seniors Jacob Barham (OL/DL) and Preston Rudder (OL/DL); juniors Javoris (RB/LB) and Devoris Havis (RB/ DL), BJ Holland (QB/DB), Zion Irvin (RB/LB), William Wall (OL/DL), Kaleb Bonastia (OL/DL), and Grayson Officer (OL/LB); and sophomores Boo Carter (RB/LB) and AJ Wallace (WR/DB).

Q: What will keep you up at night?

A: We lost 95% of our offensive production to graduation, so our young skill players will have to step up quickly.

Q: What can you build on from last year?

A: Our leadership from our seniors last year – what a great example they were!

Q: Any lessons learned from last year?

A: Enjoy every moment we have together. You may not get tomorrow.

Q: Will we see anything different this year?

A: There are always a few adjustments in everything.

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

A: We should be fairly quick at all of our skill positions; we’re just inexperienced.

Stats

Coach Name: Mark Mariakis (22 yrs. as a head coach, 6th as head coach at CCS)

Division/Class: TN II-AA

2020 Overall Record: 5-4

2020 District Finish: 2nd

Mascot: Chargers

 

2021 Schedule

August

20 McCallie (H)

27 South Pittsburg (H)

September

3 Silverdale Baptist (A)

10 Baylor (A)

17 Notre Dame (A)

24 Christian Acad. of Knox. (A)

October

1 Boyd Buchanan (H)

15 Grace Christian – Knoxville (H)

29 Knoxville Webb (H)

 

Coach’s View

Our schedule is as tough as anyone’s in the state. We will have to be ready each week. To achieve what we want, we will have to be at our best, focus on our performance, and care for each other – not on who we are playing! 

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