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.
“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.
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.
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.
|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|
|Punt Return Yards||0||0|
|Kick Return Yards||148||149|
|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|