2013 - East Ridge Pioneers

2013 - East Ridge Pioneers

August 16th, 2013 by Ward Gossett in Sports - Preps

East Ridge Pioneers

Coach: Tracy Malone (3-7 in one year here; 28-46 in eight years overall)

Last year: 3-7, breaking a three-year string of postseason appearances

'13 dreams: Potential district champ? The Pioneers aren't saying it aloud as a group but they're thinking it, and a couple of opposing coaches consider them as at least darkhorse contenders. Malone has 16 returning starters plus depth at all skill positions on both sides of the ball. Team speed is better at all positions and new defensive coordinator Mark Teague is taking his unit to a 4-2-5 alignment to take full advantage. Whether the Pioneers succeed could rest with junior QB Jo Jo Tillery and how he handles the ups and downs during and between games.

13-for-13 contenders: Best couple of players - Tillery is at the offensive controls but the highly athletic junior also will play at safety. It always helps to have a big, relatively quick lineman, like the Pioneers have in senior two-way tackle and deep snapper C.J. Baker. Fastest player on the team might be receiver/defensive back Seth Vaughn with a 4.5 40.

Number of interest: Kicker/punter Tad Whitaker is wearing No. 1 this year but wore No. 13 last year. Recruiters are calling Malone often and UTC is among those expressing interest in the strong-legged and academically-qualified youngster.

13 years ago: The Pioneers went 5-6, making the playoffs but losing to Knox Powell in a first-round playoff game in Tom Watson's last year as head coach. Meanwhile, Malone was an assistant for Murfreesboro Riverdale in the legendary snow-bound state finals game won by Red Bank. "I still say if it hadn't snowed we would've beat them," Malone said.


Lineman C.J. Baker

Was last year a disappointment? "Extremely. At the beginning of the season, things were new and, yeah, we had a new coach but we had it in our minds that we'd be good. Nobody expected 3-7."

So what's the mindset heading into this season? "It's all about team. Everything is a team effort. You practice, win, lose and get punished as a team. Guys are willing to move to other positions, to sacrifice and the team is way more mature this year."

Are you thinking about college football? "I want to play football in college but I've been getting calls from wrestling coaches and some of them are talking about walking on in football. I guess because of [lack of football] success last season I've been thinking more about wrestling."

2013 Schedule

Aug. 23 Walker Valley

Aug. 30 @Notre Dame *

Sep. 6 @Central *

Sep. 13 Polk County

Sep. 20 @Brainerd *

Sep. 27 Loudon

Oct. 4 @Hixson *

Oct. 11 Red Bank *

Nov. 1 @Howard *

  • District 6-AA game

2012 statistics

Passing C-A-I Pct. Yards TDs

Rushing Att. Yards TDs

Receiving No. Yards TDs


No. Name Class

1 Tad Whitaker Senior

2 Dominique Millener So

4 JoJo Tillery Junior

6 Mike Knox Senior

7 Kolbe King Senior

8 Seth Vaughn Junior

9 Cordarious Talley Senior

10 Tyler Walden Junior

11 Nakota Culver Senior

12 Paul Bembry Senior

13 Matthew Yarbrough So

14 Keion Jones Senior

15 Dquantis Jones So

16 Matthew Mapp Junior

17 John Engel So

18 Andrew Mapp Junior

19 Ty Kyser Fr

20 Jaquan orton So

21 Trey Hubbard Fr

22 Nigel Colbert So

23 Deangelo Johnson Junior

24 Darius Moore So

26 Quasey Vinson So

27 Monquel Hughes Junior

28 Dkobe Jordan So

29 C.J. Jones Senior

30 Mike Dyners Fr

31 B.J. Church Fr

32 Juwuan Simmons Fr

33 Charles Careathers Junior

36 Chris Callaham So

40 Thomas Conry So

42 Justin Hitchcock Senior

43 Jordan Harvey Fr

50 Johnathon Burden Fr

51 Regginald Marshall So

52 Dekederick Fisher Fr

53 David Meier Senior

54 Tommy Stewart Fr

55 Alex Goodwin So

59 Pete Sexton So

60 Ashton Beeman Fr

61 Jaylon Wright So

62 Anes Besic Junior

69 C.J. Baker Senior

70 Christian Castro So

72 Allen Lee Junior

73 Joseph Green Junior

75 Deondre Chambliss Fr

79 Ryan Young Senior

80 Jeremiah McKibben So

81 Josh Williams So