Video Highlights: Golden Eagles blast Dragons, 59-14

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Two safeties and seven first-half touchdowns spelled utter domination for the Golden Eagles in their 59-14 Week 4 win on the road against the Clinton Dragons.

Junior Christian Simon posts 240 all-purpose yards in career night. (GaryBolden/RheaReview)
Junior Christian Simon posts 240 all-purpose yards in career night. (GaryBolden/RheaReview)

“We got better and we got some of our kids back that had been injured.  Tyler Brown and Peyton Barger and it was good to see them back in the lineup,” said coach Mark Pemberton after the win.

It was a career night for Rhea County junior Christian Simon who rushed for 111 yards on five carries with 129 return yards.  Fullback Mason Stephenson passed the century mark with 101 yards on nine carries (4 TDs) while senior tailback Eddie Davis rushed for 56 yards on two carries.

Eagles QB Zack Pemberton passes for 75 yards on two passes including a Cody Bice TD. (GaryBolden/RheaReview)
Eagles QB Zack Pemberton passes for 75 yards on two passes including a Cody Bice TD. (GaryBolden/RheaReview)

Sophomore QB Zack Pemberton passed completed two of three passes in the rout with for a total of 75 yards included a 21-yard touchdown strike to Cody Bice with 5:26 remaining in the half.  He also connected for a 54-yard pass to fullback Mason Stephenson.

The Golden Eagle defense forced two safeties while holding the Dragon’s spread offense to -7 yards in the first half.

Defensive standouts in the effort include senior DT Tyler Brown, junior DT Bradley Evans, senior DT Justin Parson, and OLB Eddie Davis.

Mason Stephenson strolls in for one of his four touchdowns. (GaryBolden/RheaReview)
Mason Stephenson strolls in for one of his four touchdowns. (GaryBolden/RheaReview)

In his third football game (ever), kicker Logan Johnson appears to have found his stride.  The Rhea County senior was successful in making 7 of 8 extra points.

The Week 4 tune up against Region 3-5A Clinton will hopefully serve the Eagles well as they prepare for one of their biggest games of the year.

Rhea County (3-1) is set to host Region 4-5A rival, Ooltewah Owls (3-1) this Friday at Bill Horton Field.

“It’s a huge district game next week so we’ve got to have tunnel vision and focused in on Ooltewah,” Eagles’ head ball coach Mark Pemberton.

In the last meeting, Eagles beat the Owls at home in the 2015 TSSAA Quarterfinals, 14-13.

To watch full broadcast of the Week 4 game vs. Clinton, click here.

Rhea County Golden Eagles at Clinton Dragons
Sep 9, 2016 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH SCORE
Rhea County Golden Eagles (3-1) 25 27 0 7 59
Clinton Dragons (1-3) 0 0 7 7 14
Team Stats Comparison
RCHS CHS
Total Offense 468 131
Rushing Yards 393 50
Passing Yards 81 75
First Downs 18 7
Punt Return Yards 0 0
Kick Return Yards 148 149
Total Yards 616 280
Turnovers 2 2
Penalties 5-50 7-35
Posession Time 17:41 30:19
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORING RCHS CHS
7:25 (RCHS) Safety – Luke Harrison intentional grounding 2 0
5:05 (RCHS) Mason Stephenson 4 yd run, Logan Johnson kick 9 0
2:09 (RCHS) M. Stephenson 6 yd run, Johnson kick 16 0
0:25 (RCHS) Tyler Shelton sacks Luke Harrison safety 18 0
0:08 (RCHS) Stephenson 1 yd run, Johnson kick 25 0
SECOND QUARTER SCORING RCHS CHS
10:26 (RCHS) Eddie Davis 7 yd run, Johnson kick 32 0
8:27 (RCHS) Christian Simon 73 yd run, Johnson kick 39 0
5:26 (RCHS) Zack Pemberton 21 yd pass to Cody Bice, kick failed 45 0
3:10 (RCHS) Mason Stephenson 4 yd run, Johnson kick 52 0
THIRD QUARTER SCORING RCHS CHS
6:34 (CHS) Luke Harrison 5 yd pass to Thomas J’Quan 52 7
FOURTH QUARTER SCORING RCHS CHS
8:49 (CHS) Evan Winchester 19 yd pass to Mazon Jenkins 52 14
4:30 (RCHS) Brandon Hunt 1 yd run, Johnson kick 59 14
Rhea County Golden Eagles
PASSING C/A YDS TD INT
Zach Pemberton 2-3 75 1 0
RUSHING ATT YDS AVG TD
Christian Simon 5 111 22.2 1
Mason Stephenson 9 101 11.2 4
Eddie Davis 2 56 28.0 1
Cody Bice 7 50 7.1 0
Brandon Hunt 3 24 8.0 1
Gavin Morrison 5 39 7.8 0
AJ Velasco 1 12 12.0 0
RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD
Mason Stephenson 1 54 54.0 0
Cody Bice 1 21 21.0 1
PUNTING NO YDS AVG IN20
Chandler Kaylor 1 33 33.0 1
KICK RETURN RET YDS AVG TD
Christian Simon 3 129 43.0 0
Jaden Austin 1 19 19.0 0