South Pittsburg High School 2022

Team Profile

Photos by Andy Mitchell Photography

Q & A With Coach Wes Stone

south pittsburg high school coach 2022

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

A: Hardworking and gritty.

Q: What will be the keys to your success?

A: Taking care of the football, minimizing mistakes, and staying healthy.

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

A: Taja Robinson (RB/LB), Nas Starkey (WR/DL), Dez McNeal (WR/LB), Jayden Mount (QR/RB/DB), Braden Sherrill (OL/DL), Riley Hammond (OL/DL), Yogi Garman (OL/DL), Ranye Tipton (OL/DL), RaCash Kelly (QB/WR/DB), Jamarion Farrior (RB/LB), Kamden Wellington (QB/RB/LB), and Jacob Bivens (WR/LB).

Q: What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A: We have some guys returning who have played in some big games during their career.

Q: What will keep you up at night?

A: The same things that have always kept me up at night during football season. Youth, depth, execution, and staying healthy.

Q: What can you build on from last year?

A: Obviously, any time you manage to win a state championship, you try to use that as a building block going into the next season.

Q: Will we see anything different this year?

A: No, we will be very similar to last season in regards to all three phases of the game.

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

A: Our overall team speed will be pretty good for our division.


Coach name: Wes Stone (1 yrs. as a head coach, 1st as head coach at South Pittsburg)

Division/Class: TN I-1A

2021 Overall Record: 11-2

2021 District Finish: 1st

Mascot: Pirates

2022 Schedule


19 Sequatchie Co. (H)

26 Chattanooga Christian (A)


2 Lookout Valley (A)

9 Murphy (H)

16 Whitwell (A)

23 North Jackson (H)

30 Chattanooga Prep (H)


7 Austin-East (A)

13 Sale Creek (H)

28 Copper Basin (H)

Coach’s View

We lost a lot of really good players from a large senior class who were third-year starters. Our region opponents will all be much improved this season. We have an extremely tough non-district schedule starting with Sequatchie Co., followed by a CCS team that has as much talent as anyone in the state. Murphy (NC) is a 10-time state champion, and North Jackson (AL) is obviously a great program with a storied history. It’s definitely going to be a challenge.