Soddy Daisy High School

Team Profile

Photos Courtesy of Soddy Daisy High School

Q&A with Coach Justin Barnes

Soddy Daisy High School Football Coach Justin BarnesQ: How would you characterize this year’s team?

A: Hungry. This senior class was a part of back-to-back regional championships in 2018 and 2019. They did not like the events of last season and have used it to fuel their off-season. 

Q: What will be the keys to your success?

A: We return one WR from 2020 and lost our starting QB. We will need some new WRs to step up and make some plays early for our new QB. 

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

A: Coy Porter (OL/DL), Regan Taylor (OL/DL), Jameson Koch (OL/DL), Dakota Clayton (TE/DL), Jordan Conley (TE/DL), Tanner Whittenbarger (RB/DB), Kayden Phillips (RB/DB), and Braden Dodd (WR/DB).

Q: What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A: We return the majority of our offensive and defensive lines from 2020. We will have a very good core on both sides of the ball with those groups.

Q: What will keep you up at night?

A: Even though we dropped to 4A, we still have a very difficult schedule. Some of the best teams in the Chattanooga area are in our region, which will make for a season where we will have to be on our A-game week in and week out. 

Q: What can you build on from last year?

A: We had a lot of first-time starters on both sides of the ball. Those guys gained very valuable experience and have a great understanding of what we are doing. 

Q: Any lessons learned from last year?

A: We’ve got to be able to give more guys playing time, one way or another. We have got to see what some guys can do early on and build more depth. 

Stats

Coach Name: Justin Barnes (9 yrs. as a head coach, 9th as head coach at Soddy Daisy)

Division/Class: TN I-4A

2020 Overall Record: 3-8

2020 District Finish: 3rd

Mascot: Trojans

 

2021 Schedule

August

20 Loudon (H)

27 Signal Mountain (A)

September

3 Chattanooga Central (H)

10 Red Bank (A)

17 Sequoyah (A)

24 Tyner (A)

October

8 East Hamilton (A)

15 Ooltewah (H)

22 Hixson (H)

29 East Ridge (H)

 

Coach’s View

There are a lot of things that go into a season. The biggest is staying healthy. If we can do that, I really love the mentality that this team has taken in the off-season and spring. I think it will carry over into success in the fall.

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