Eagles fall short against Irish, focus on Cleveland

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Rhea County suffered a 40-16 loss against nationally ranked Cathedral Fightin’ Irish at Bill Horton Field this past Friday.

It was the second time in as many years the Eagles took their medicine in preparation for a  district laden run preceding the playoffs.  It paid off last year with a trip to the state 5A semifinals.

“I thought we battled the whole way,” said Eagles coach Mark Pemberton.  “I’m proud of them for that.  We just made way too many mistakes”

“That team just has so many athletes, it’s hard to pin them all up.”

Cathedral’s standout quarterback, Quincy Keller, connected with Luke Sanders for four of the Irish’s six touchdowns.

“We knew it was gonna be difficult coming in,” admitted Golden Eagle senior Eddie Davis.  “It’s just a learning experience against a really good team.”

Davis was Zack Pemberton’s favorite target on the night with three receptions for 89 yards including a 45-yard strike in the final quarter which he capped off with an 8-yard run.

The loss dropped the Eagles from 4th to 7th in state 5A rankings where they’re now tied with Farragut.  The Eagles enjoy a bye-week this week where Pemberton says he hopes, “we’ll get healed up and ready to make a stretch run”.

After the break, the Eagles travel to play long-time district rival, Cleveland Blue Raiders, on October 7.

Cathedral Fightin’ Irish at Rhea County Golden Eagles
Sep 23, 20161ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Cathedral Fightin’ Irish (5-1)12714740
Rhea County Golden Eagles (4-2)080816
Team Stats Comparison
CHSRCHS
Total Offense452333
Rushing Yards153250
Passing Yards30198
First Downs2018
Punt Return Yards190
Kick Return Yards5539
Total Yards526372
Turnovers01
Penalties8/8010/90
Posession Time22:5025:10
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGCHSRCHS
7:07(CHS) Quincy Keller 15-yd pass to Luke Sanders, kick failed60
0:25(CHS) Quincy Keller 27-yd pass to Luke Sanders, conversion failed120
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGCHSRCHS
7:00(RCHS) Brandon Hunt 3-yd run, Payton Barger 2 pt conversion128
1:59(CHS) Chon’ Dre Cissell 4-yd run, Sylvia kick198
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGCHSRCHS
4:27(CHS) Quincy Keller 22-yd pass to Luke Sanders, Silvia kick268
2:11(CHS) Quincy Keller 13-yd pass to Luke Sanders, Silvia kick338
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGCHSRCHS
10:09(RCHS) Eddie Davis 8-yd run, Zack Pemberton pass to Chandler Kaylor conversion3316
1:41(RCHS) Chon’Dre Cissell 30-yd run, Sylvia kick4016
Rhea County Golden Eagles
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
Zack Pemberton3/109800
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
Cody Bice18884.90
Eddie Davis12504.21
Christian Simon6447.30
Brandon Hunt10363.61
Chris Sturgeon11212.00
AJ Velasco122.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
Eddie Davis38428.00
Cody Bice11414.00
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGIN20
Chandler Kaylor412531.30
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Christian Simon23919.50
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