published Friday, August 17th, 2012

Preps Preview: Soddy-Daisy Trojans

Soddy-Daisy quarterback Brett Standifer (14, left) accounted for close to 1,600 yards of total offense last season in his first full year as the starter.
Soddy-Daisy quarterback Brett Standifer (14, left) accounted for close to 1,600 yards of total offense last season in his first full year as the starter.
Photo by Jake Daniels.

BY THE NUMBERS

45 — Average points allowed by the Trojans in their six losses in 2011.

9 — Returning starters, offense and defense combined, for the Trojans.

8 — Touchdowns scored last year by players returning this season.

SCHEDULE

Aug. 17 Baylor

Aug. 24 at Red Bank

Aug. 31 Bradley Central*

Sept. 14 at Rhea County*

Sept. 21 Central

Sept. 28 at Ooltewah*

Oct. 4 at Walker Valley*

Oct. 12 Cleveland*

Oct. 19 McMinn County*

Oct. 26 at Warren County

* District 5-AAA game

Games start at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

SODDY-DAISY TROJANS

Coach: Kevin Orr (16-16 in his three seasons here)

Stadium address: 618 Sequoyah Access Road, Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379

RECENT HISTORY

Soddy-Daisy went 4-6 last year and missed the playoffs for the fifth time in the past seven seasons. Here’s a look at the regular-season win totals for the last five years:

Season 1 5 10

2011 ————(4)

2010 ——————(6)

2009 —————(5)

2008 ———————(7)

2007 ——(2)

THREE STRENGTHS

1) The Trojans have only 11 seniors, but most of their underclassmen have contributed in the past season or two and will be relied on heavily.

2) The team lost Cedric Edwards, who rushed for 3,500 yards his last two seasons, but still feel good about the running game, which might be deeper this season led by Tyler Dixon and Caleb Jordan.

3) Entering his third season as a starter, kicker Luke Underwood will be counted upon to keep opposing teams from good starting field position.

THREE CONCERNS

1) Soddy-Daisy has never been the fastest team on the field, and this year won’t be different. Who will be counted upon to provide game-breaking ability?

2) The defense returns just four starters and was ineffective at times as a unit last season. Who will step up and make stopping impacts?

3) Three of the Trojans’ top four receivers in receptions are gone. What names pop up this year?

THREE QUESTIONS WITH BRETT STANDIFER

(Junior quarterback)

Q: How would you say your first year as starting quarterback went?

A: I guess it went as expected, with me being a young guy. I didn’t know as much as I know now, but being able to hand off to Cedric Edwards helped a bit.

Q: What does his loss mean?

A: We’re going to open up some more variety. We’ll have to scheme more, watch more film and see what everybody does.

Q: How do you prepare to have a bigger role this season?

A: We’ll all have bigger roles this season. Last year, when we didn’t know what to do, we always had Cedric. You can’t have one man carry the team. We had two last year with Cedric and Jake Ables, and we didn’t have a winning record. It showed how important we all were on every play.


ROSTER

2 Tyler Hixson - Junior

3 Blaike Henry - Senior

4 Jake Flinn - Junior

5 Austin Goins - Junior

6 Jared Eidson - Junior

7 Taylor Carlyle - Junior

8 Matt Abens - Senior

10 Christian Dean - Junior

11 Sheldon Roberson - Junior

12 Levi Thornton - Sophomore

13 Chance King - Sophomore

14 Brett Standifer - Junior

15 Blake Smith - Sophomore

16 Alex Roberts - Junior

17 Hunter Maynor - Sophomore

18 Tyler Dixon - Junior

19 Austin Cooke - Sophomore

20 Tanner Cochran - Sophomore

21 Caleb Jordan - Junior

22 Caleb Watson - Junior

23 C.J. Blue - Junior

24 C.J. Brown - Senior

25 Taylor Fox - Junior

27 Logan Sutherland - Sophomore

28 Luke Underwood - Senior

29 Harley Sutherland - Sophomore

31 Chevalier Holmes - Sophomore

33 Josh Chesser - Junior

35 Elias Hanson - Sophomore

40 Hunter Hall - Sophomore

42 Tyler Sullivan - Sophomore

43 Isiah Jones - Sophomore

44 Nick Gutillo - Senior

50 Phillip Brennemen - Junior

51 Gavin Moody - Junior

54 Aaron Knight - Sophomore

55 Caleb Ooten - Junior

56 Andrew Chadwick - Senior

62 Doug Wilson - Senior

65 Cody Grant - Senior

68 Zach Griffith - Sophomore

69 Hayden Cox - Senior

71 Zack Dempsey - Sophomore

72 Kenneth Bates - Sophomore

73 Tito Mineno - Senior

74 Ethan McBee - Junior

75 Kyle Pifer - Sophomore

76 Ben Sims - Junior

77 Tyler Gamble - Junior

78 Austin Millsaps - Senior

80 Trevor Crisp - Sophomore

81 Andrew Stout - Junior

88 Bryce Elliott - Sophomore

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