East Ridge High School 2021

Team Profile

Photos by Emily Lester Photography

Q&A with Coach Tim James

East Ridge football coach Tim JamesQ: How would you characterize this year’s team?

A: We are very young.

Q: What will be the keys to your success?

A: We will need to grow up fast.

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

A: Brandon Kendrick (OL/LB), Javonte Pullom (RB/DB), Cayden McCrary (OL/DL), Dylan Draughon (OL/LB), and Jalen Ellis (QB/DB).

Q: What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A: Our youth.

Q: What will keep you up at night?

A: A lack of overall participation.

Q: What can you build on from last year?

A: We learned, through being picked to place last in the region, that we were able to overcome adversity and others by playing as a unit and playing for each other.

Q: Any lessons learned from last year?

A: We need to continue to work together for each other.

Q: Will we see anything different this year?

A: We will be the same in all aspects this year.

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

A: We are pretty athletic in the skills areas, just very young.

Stats

Coach Name: Tim James (19 yrs. as a head coach, 6th as head coach at East Ridge)

Division/Class: TN I-4A

2020 Overall Record: 6-5 

2020 District Finish: 4th 

Mascot: Pioneers

 

2021 Schedule

August

20 Silverdale Baptist (A) 

27 Stone Memorial (A)

September 

3 East Hamilton (A)

10 Cleveland (A)

17 Hixson (H)

24 Signal Mountain (H)

October

1 Sequoyah (H)

8 Red Bank (H)

22 Chattanooga Central (A)

29 Soddy Daisy (A)

 

Coach’s View

We only have four seniors, so our ball club will consist mainly of youngsters who will have to grow up fast. And the fielding of a team of less than 40 individuals in AAAA football makes depth at all positions a real concern. But we have a really great group of kids who possess a great work ethic. We are also excited about our new field house, which will be the crown jewel of our community. All of this makes the future of ERHS athletics promising.

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