Soddy Daisy failed to produce a winning record the last two years, so new head coach Justin Barnes knows he has his work cut out for him. "Taking over a program that has struggled the past few years. But with that being said, we've got a great group of returning guys. We have 18 seniors."
Even though the Trojans will have experience, they still need to build up their expectations for a district title. Said Barnes,"In our (District) coaches poll, I put us last. Until we prove something, that's where we belong."
Barnes will run the spread offense, and he admits to calling on new Ootlewah coach Mac Bryan, who served on the UTC staff when Barnes was the Mocs quarterback. "We see eye-to-eye on a lot of things. He has been my sounding board since I got here, and he got that job. We've talked quite a bit about a few things."
Barnes biggest job so far has been finding a starting quarterback. "Right now we have three guys with about six varsity plays between them. Hunter Maynard is probably the one that has pushed himself ahead of the other two. He's a junior. He's the one that has those six plays of experience."
Barnes says the O-Line will be a strength for Soddy Daisy, although one lineman weighs just 200-pounds. Reporter-"Center? You're not very big are you?" Said Jared Eidson,"No. Just a little thin right now. Whatever helps the team."
But team work is what Barnes hopes to develop. "What we need to do is start setting that foundation to bring that Trojan pride back to that school."