Baylor School 2021

Team Profile

Photos by Andy Mitchell Photography

Q&A with Coach Phil Massey

Baylor Coach Phil MasseyQ: How would you characterize this year’s team?

A: Overall, a majority of our new starters have very little game experience. On both sides of the ball, we’re only returning 11 starters out of 22 positions.

Q: What will be the keys to your success?

A: Our success will rely heavily on our inexperienced players growing up quickly and stepping into their new roles with great effort and commitment.

Q: Who will be your key leaders on the team?

A: I will look to our veteran players, who will return this season with two years of starting behind them. They are: Jermiah Skipworth (WR/DB), Carson Yates (TE), Kye Songer (LB), DaCorian Jones-Montgomery (LB), and Anthony Weekley (K). 

Q: What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A: After going through the restrictions and pauses from COVID-19 last season, I believe our players are motivated and understand that there are no guarantees and that we need to take advantage of all opportunities. This will motivate them to push harder.

Q: What will keep you up at night?

A: As always, injuries in key positions where we have very little depth.

Q: What can you build on from last year?

A: Our kids faced several setbacks all season, but each time, they showed resilience and came back with positive attitudes and perseverance.

Q: How would you characterize your team’s speed?

A: Our overall team speed would be characterized as average.

Stats

Coach name: Phil Massey (23 yrs. as a head coach, 16th as head coach at Baylor)

Division/Class: TN II-AAA

2020 Overall Record: 4-4

2020 District Finish: 4th 

Mascot: Red Raiders

 

2021 Schedule

August

20 Rabun Gap-Nacoochee (H)

27 Ensworth (H)

September 

3 Knoxville Catholic (A)

10 Chattanooga Christian (H)

17 Pope John Paul II (H)

24 Ooltewah (A)

October

1 McCallie (A)

15 Hendersonville (H)

22 Montgomery Bell Academy (H)

29 Father Ryan (A)

 

Coach’s View

As always, we will face a very competitive schedule. Locally, we added Ooltewah and CCS, but we have also added two highly competitive Georgia teams early on, which should help reveal areas of weakness that need to be improved before heading into our region schedule. The key to success will hinge on staying healthy and on young players stepping up to provide much-needed depth.

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