The Golden Eagles suffer their first loss of the season to the hands of Walker Valley. The Golden Eagles had their way with the Mustangs for the majority game. At one point Rhea County dominated the game with a score of 17-0. Penalties, turnovers, and maybe a Friday 13th curse took the Eagles off their game plan.
Rhea County’s last score, a 35-yard field goal, was only after 3 procedure penalties in a row as the Golden Eagles were on the opponents 8-yard line poised to score. Needless to say, the officiating crew was unforgiving to the Eagles. Walker Valley made the most of their home field advantage with a rocking band and strong student section support. It was definitely a tough game on the road for the Eagles.
I knew this was going to be a good measuring stick for us. This is the best team we've played so far.Coach Mark Pemberton - Golden Eagles
To their credit, the Mustangs newly found momentum was not taken for granted. They made the most of the Eagles mistakes and scored 24 unanswered point with 17 of them in the 4th quarter. The Eagles loss was not due to lack of effort. If anything Rhea County players appeared to be over aggressive which yielded several offside penalties and a roughing the kicker flag. This penalty negated a huge punt return and added to the change in momentum.
Defensive standout for the Eagles, #40 Tyler Pendleton, had big night. The Eagle Offensive Line stood their ground, giving Rhea County’s multi-faceted backfield opportunities. QB for the Eagles, #9 Austin Dotson, also found success hooking up with sophomore #11 Noel Patterson for a 86-yard TD pass. Hopefully the Golden Eagles will be able to learn a lot from this loss and be prepared next week to play Cumberland County at home. The Golden Eagles will try to improve their (2-1) record against the Jets (0-4) in their 2nd district game of the season.