Soddy Daisy High School 2021

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. 

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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


20 Loudon (H)

27 Signal Mountain (A)


3 Chattanooga Central (H)

10 Red Bank (A)

17 Sequoyah (A)

24 Tyner (A)


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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