Chattooga Desires to Handle Adversity Better

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Chattooga managed only three wins last year, and while head coach Shawn Peek doesn’t want to make any excuses, it wasn’t easy playing in a pandemic.
Said head coach Shawn Peek:”We had our struggles. We were like a lot of people. The COVID was a huge factor in what we were trying to get done, but we were proud of the guys that finished up.”
Said safety Rowan Burdick”When we got to the playoffs, half of our team quit, even though we made it to the playoffs. It’s just. The COVID really messed with us.”
Coach Peek admits the Indians need more fight.
Said Peek:”I think we’ve got to be good at handling adversity. Football is a hard game. Just like life is sometimes.”
Handling adversity will likely be one of the factors in choosing Chattooga’s new quarterback.
Said Peek:”We’ve got two guys we are working, and we like both of them. One is a senior Brody Mobbs, and sophomore Nick Hester. Both of those guys we feel like we can win with either one of them.”
Reporter:”What’s the most dangerous part of this team?”
Said Peek:”We’ve got some guys that can run, but we are very thin. We don’t have a lot of depth.”
The Indians have made the playoffs every year since 2013, a streak they obviously want to keep going.
Said running back Lashaun Lester:”We went 3-8 last year. That’s the worst record I’ve had since I’ve been in high school so far, so yeah it’s kind of like a revenge year for me and the guys.”

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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.