East Ridge head football coach Tim James has been asked quite a bit this offseason 'how do you replace your star running back, Mr. Football Traneil Moore?' His answer, you don't. 

The good news though, is that the Pioneers have a handful of other backs returning and the running game could see more of a team effort this season.

"Starting out early on it's probably going to be tailback by committee" says coach James. "We've got seven returning starters on offense, and we got three or four guys that we feel will be pretty good at that position. Do you replace a guy (Traneil Moore) like that? No, they come along about once or twice in a career when you've got a kid that just has a knack to make things happen."

The Pioneers are now in that new Region 2-AAAA conference along with East Hamilton, Hixson, Howard, and Central. East Ridge will open up the season next Friday at Stone Memorial.