The Howard School 2023

Team Profile

Photos by Trevor Long

Q & A With Coach Dedric Maffett

Dedric Maffett

Q. How would you characterize this year’s team?

A. Young but ready!

Q. What will be the keys to your success?

A. Quarterback, offensive line, and defensive line play.

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

A. Chris Bradley, Jaron Bell, Ja’Caron Sanders, Ke’Shawn Suttles, Ronta Taylor Jr., and Cortez Houser.

Q. What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A. Our players’ resiliency.

Q. What will keep you up at night?

A. I hope nothing!

Q. What can you build on from last year?

A. Our young secondary players.

Q. Any lessons learned from last year?

A. Always be ready to make adjustments.

Q. Will we see anything different this year?

A. Offensive and defensive strategy and kicking game.

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

A. We will have Howard football’s traditional team speed.


Coach name: Dedric Maffett (3 yrs. as a head coach, 3rd as head coach at Howard)

Division/Class: TN I-5A

2022 Overall Record: 1-9

2022 District Finish: 5th

Mascot: Hustlin’ Tigers

2023 Schedule


19 Brainerd (A)

25 Chattanooga Prep (H) 


1 RePublic (H)

8 Rhea Co. (A)

15 Sequoyah (A)

22 East Hamilton (H)

29 Walker Valley (A)


6 McMinn Co. (H)

20 Chattanooga Central (A)

26 Ooltewah (H)

Coach’s View

Our goal is centered around four core values. Through our leadership, we hope to develop high school and college graduates, great husbands, fathers, and productive citizens in our community.