The Howard School 2021

Team Profile

Photos Courtesy of Herman Prater Sr and Vityl Media Group

Q&A with Coach P. Dedric Maffett

The Howard School football coach P. Dedric MaffettQ: How would you characterize this year’s team?

A: This team has grit!

Q: What will be the keys to your success?

A: Offensive- and defensive-line play and staying healthy.

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

A: We have an expectation for everyone to lead in what they do best.

Q: What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A: The talent of the offensive line and team camaraderie.

Q: What will keep you up at night?

A: The success of players on and off the field.

Q: What can you build on from last year?

A: Team leadership.

Q: Any lessons learned  from last year?

A: Perseverance! The next game is not promised.

Q: Will we see anything different this year?

A: Offensively, you will see more passing.

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

A: Our speed is pretty good. We have several speedsters on offense, defense, and special teams.

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Coach Name: P. Dedric Maffett (1 yr. as a head coach, 1st as head coach at Howard)

Division/Class: TN I-5A

2020 Overall Record: 6-5

2020 District Finish: 3rd

Mascot: Hustlin’ Tigers


2021 Schedule


20 Tyner Academy (H)

28 Brainerd (A)


3 The King’s Academy (H)

10 Boyd Buchanan (A)

17 McMinn Co. (H)

24 Hixson (A)


1 Ooltewah (A)

8 Notre Dame (H)

15 Rhea Co. (A)

29 Walker Valley (A)


Coach’s View

This year’s schedule will be a “David vs. Goliath” atmosphere, as we have moved into a higher division/class – 5A.  There will be many opponents that we have never faced before. However, our team’s work ethic, resilience, and positive mindset have prepared them for the challenges to come.  

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