In a game that saw both Walker Valley and Rhea County playing their first game in region play, the Eagles blew the Mustangs away in a 49-10 rout in Evensville.
The Eagles made it look easy against the visitors, blanking them 42-0 in the first half before the Mustangs wedged in a field goal with :03 left in the second quarter.
Walker Valley quarterback Griffin Broome managed a slim 10 yards passing on the day in the usually pass-happy spread offense that his team likes to run.
Running the ball was the most effective way the Mustangs moved on the Eagles, scoring on a 15-yard run and posting 192 total yards on the ground.
For the Eagles, the charge was once again led by senior quarterback Zack Pemberton, who tallied five total touchdowns in the game, ran for 124 yards, and was 2-2 passing for 58 yards.
Pemberton rushed for three touchdowns covering 39, 15, and 2 yards and found Aulbrey Smith twice for two passing touchdowns. The 3rd year starter has a total of 6 rushing for 250 rushing yards and 121 passing yards on 5-6 attempts for 3 passing touchdowns on the season.
He was joined in the scoring spree by fullback Chandler Kaylor and junior quarterback Kyle Carr who took it in from 3 yards out to cap off the Eagles’ scoring. All in all, the Eagles rushed for 364 yards on 37 attempts (9.8 yards/carry) with six of the ten ball carriers rushing for 19 or more yards.
Senior kicker Haden “Chigger” Frashier was a perfect 7-7 on PAT attempts, pushing his season total to 12-12.
Defensively, the Eagles efforts were spearheaded by Kaylor and Goodwin from their linebacker positions, holding the Mustang offense to a total of 202 yards.
Bo Garmany, a senior defensive lineman who seconds as a fullback, tallied two key fumble recoveries with junior safety Dillon Reed and freshman defensive back Jaden Pankey each recording an interception.
For most of the second half, Coach Pemberton elected to rely mainly on the younger players to rest the starters for next week, allowing for numerous underclassmen, including a decent number of freshmen, to see extensive time in the 3rd and 4th quarters.
The Eagles travel to Athens this week to play the McMinn County Cherokees in a rematch of last year’s overtime thriller in Evensville.