East Ridge High School 2022

Team Profile

Photos by Andy Mitchell Photography

Q & A With Coach Chad Barger

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

A: We have a good mixture of veteran players and youth who need to develop.

Q: What will be the keys to your success?

A: Remain healthy, play disciplined football, and keep working hard to get where we want to be.

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

A: Jalen Ellis (RB/LB), TJ Holmes (RB/DB), Peyton Livingston (TE/DL), Marquell Sails (RB/DB), Javonte Pullom (RB/LB), Jermaine Blackstock (RB/LB), Cadion Harris (WR/DB), Cayden McCrary (OL/DL), Justin Ellis (OL/LB), Dylan Draughon (OL/LB), and Isaac Scott (OL/DL).

Q: What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A: We had a ton of guys play varsity last year. We have had a good off-season. Our guys seem to carry themselves with a different attitude and are being coachable.

Q: What will keep you up at night?

A: Our low numbers and tough schedule.

Q: What can you build on from last year?

A: We gained valuable playing experience with younger guys that should help us out.

Q: Any lessons learned from last year?

A: We needed to develop more depth, even though our numbers were low.

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

A: We have good overall team speed. Hope it makes up for lack of size.

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Coach name: Chad Barger (18 yrs. as a head coach, 1st as head coach at East Ridge)

Division/Class: TN I-4A

2021 Overall Record: 1-9

2021 District Finish: 6th

Mascot: Pioneers

2022 Schedule


19 Silverdale Baptist (A)

26 Stone Memorial (H)


2 East Hamilton (H)

9 Cleveland (A)

16 Hixson (A)

23 Signal Mountain (A)

30 Sequoyah (A)


7 Red Bank (A)

21 Chattanooga Central (H)

27 Soddy Daisy (H)


Coach’s View

Our guys have worked hard this off-season. We have a solid core and now we are searching for depth.

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