Cleveland High School 2021

Team Profile

Photos by Gina Allison Photography

Q&A with Coach Marty Wheeler

Cleveland high school football coach Marty WheelerQ: How would you characterize this year’s team?

A: This is a team that has an opportunity to be successful. It will come down to their willingness to be a team.

Q: What will be the keys to your success?

A: Staying healthy, and how well our younger guys progress.

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

A: Our seniors.

Q: What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A: We return several guys on offense and some key guys on defense.

Q: What will keep you up at night?

A: The challenge of not worrying about the things you can’t control.

Q: What can you build on from last year?

A: We can build on the strong finish to our regular season that got us into the playoffs and gave a lot of our guys some valuable experience.

Q: Any lessons learned  from last year?

A: The importance of consistency and the consequences of being inconsistent.

Q: Will we see anything different this year?

A: The only thing we hope you see different is that we’re better in all areas.

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

A: Our team speed has improved, especially at the skill position.

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Coach Name: Marty Wheeler (15 yrs. as a head coach, 3rd as head coach at Cleveland)

Division/Class: TN I-6A

2020 Overall Record: 5-6

2020 District Finish: 4th

Mascot: Blue Raiders


2021 Schedule


20 Red Bank (A)

27 McMinn Co. (A)


3 Bradley Central (H)

10 East Ridge (H)

17 Farragut (H)

24 Walker Valley (H)


1 Maryville (A)

15 Bearden (A)

22 Giles Co. (A)

29 Hardin Valley (H)


Coach’s View

We have had a really good off-season, and being able to transfer that to the football field will be critical. We also have to be able to play much better on third down defensively and force our opponents to beat us instead of us beating ourselves.

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