In the highest scoring game ever played between the two rivals, the Bradley Central Bears pulled out a come from behind win over the Eagles of Rhea County.
The two teams combined for a total of 77 points, 1,071 total yards, and 99 offensive plays.
On offense, the Eagles won the yardage battle with 465 combined rushing (337) and passing yards (128) to the Bears’ 386.
The Eagles were led on offense by the efforts of seniors Aulbrey Smith and Zack Pemberton. Pemberton had 145 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns while Smith had 37 yards and a touchdown. Pemberton also connected with Smith four times for 127 yards and a 66 yard touchdown.
Senior fullbacks Bo Garmany and Chandler Kaylor also posted great numbers on offense with 93 and 45 yards respectfully.
Defensively, the Eagles played tough against a lightning quick Bradley Central offense, holding it at bay for well over half the game, but their speed overtook the Eagles in the 3rd period.
A costly Eagle turnover on a promising drive led to Bradley Central tying the game at 21 all. The two teams traded touchdowns until the 4th when the Eagles stalled and the Bears took their first and only lead with under 50 seconds left in the contest.
Overall, the Eagles played one of their best games from an offensive and defensive standpoint, but the fumble returned for a score and 14 penalties for 92 yards did not do them any favors in trying to break the now 8 game losing streak to the Bears.
The Eagles fall to 3-2 on the season while the Bears improve to 3-2.
Rhea County, who leads Region 4-5A, will be back at home with all the marbles on the line for a massive game with region contender Knoxville Catholic this Friday night.