CCS Hoping to Make Some Noise Minus Mondo

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Chattanooga Christian has been to the playoff the last two years, but in order to make another post-season trip this fall, the Chargers must replace perhaps the best player in school history.

Mark Mariakis didn’t have to draw up many plays with Mondo Ellison in the backfield. Just give him the ball, and let Mondo draw up the oohs and aahs.
Now the Chargers bolt into a new year without big Mondo.
Said defensive back Marcus Hinton:”Mondo was a big part of our team. I did have a lot of questions, but it’s like he graduated and all, so we really can’t stay on Mondo. We’ve got to move on.”
Said head coach Mark Mariakis:”Most everybody knew last year Mondo was going to be the bell cow kid. He was going to get it 8 out of 10 times, and we were successful doing that. Right now we feel like we’ve got four guys in the backfield that can make some noise.”
Might be hard to make some noise early.
CCS opens with McCallie, Baylor, and Whitwell.
Said Mariakis:”You better be ready right out of the chute. We don’t have any tune-up games.”
Reporter:”Size wise. Do you stack up pretty good with your district and your region.”
Said Mariakis:”No. (chuckles) We’re not big. There’s no secret behind it. You can watch us warming up.”
Said running back Roderick Young:”Most teams we do play have bigger guys than us. We have heart, so we still play our best and hope for the best.”
And if you combine heart with speed, then you might have something.
Mariakis:”I learned when I was at Ridgeland all those years it’s hard to beat speed because you can’t catch it. Hopefully we will have that this year more than we’ve ever had since I’ve been at CCS.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.