East Ridge High School 2023

Team Profile

Photos by Andy Mitchell Photography and Gary Fain Photography

Q & A With Coach Chad Barger

Coach Chad Barger of East Ridge High School

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

A. Full of experience.

Q. What will be the keys to your success?

A. We must protect the ball, play disciplined football, and stay healthy.

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

A. Jermaine Blackstock, Javonte Pullom, Cayden McCrary, Justin Ellis, Cadion Harris, Jakye Odom, and Hasani Jackson.

Q. What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A. The returning players from last year giving us an experienced football team.

Q. What can you build on from last year?

A. Our kids played hard and were a much better team at the end of the season than when the season began.

Q. Any lessons learned from last year?

A. We have to make sure we are disciplined and understand our roles on the field.

Q. Will we see anything different this year?

A. Things shift a little every year due to what best fits the kids.

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

A. Pretty good. We are a bit undersized so we will rely more on speed.


Coach name: Chad Barger (19 yrs. as a head coach, 2nd as head coach at East Ridge)

Division/Class: TN I-4A

2022 Overall Record: 2-8

2022 District Finish: 5th

Mascot: Pioneers

2023 Schedule


18 Marion Co. (A)

25 Sequatchie Co. (H) 


1 Red Bank (A)

8 Loudon (H)

15 East Hamilton (A)

22 Chattanooga prep (H)

29 Signal Mountain (A)


6 Soddy Daisy (H)

20 Sequoyah (A)

27 Hixson (H)

Coach’s View

The schedule we play is a pretty tough one. We must be able to handle the physical play of the schedule and play with toughness and discipline to withstand our schedule. We need to stay as healthy as possible to be successful this season. Our young men are excited about the new challenges our schedule brings.