CCS Hoping Team Speed Spells Season Success


Chattanooga Christian enjoyed the deepest playoff run in school history last year, and now the Chargers are anxious to make even more playoff memories this fall.

Said head coach Mark Mariakis:”Graduation took most of our linemen.”
That’s scary unless you have scary good speed.
Mike Mike Baxter leads a solid group of skill players.
Reporter:”What’s your forty (time)?
Said Baxter:”Uh. 4.42.”
Added Mariakis:”When you’ve got that kind of talent in the backfield and speed, (chuckles) you better use it well. But you know we’ve got to be smart because we’ve got to give this time for our young linemen to grow up.”
Reporter:”What else do I need to know about this line?”
Said lineman Jacob Barham:”We’re going to fire off low, and we’re going to keep going.”
The Chargers offense should keep going under the steady guidance of senior quarterback Sam Hall.
Said Mariakis:”He’s that glue in the offensive huddle that the kids look at when things are getting tough. He keeps everybody calm.”
The Chargers made the Elite Eight last year, and they’d love to be better than Elite this season.
Said Baxter:”We’re just going to go the furthest we can. Our goal is the state championship. We’re going to fight to that point until we can’t fight any longer.”
Said Hall:”We’re just going to come at you this year really. Try as hard as we can to just attack you. Now the standard is higher for CCS football. Keeps raising every year. Now we’re not just trying to make the playoffs, we’re trying to go make a state championship run.”
Said Mariakis:”If we can stay healthy and grow the linemen up, then it’ll be an interesting season.”

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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