October 18, 2013 – Nunley Stadium, McMinnville, TN
I'm really proud of the way our kids kept their composure. That's a huge district win for us.Coach Mark Pemberton - Rhea County
The Golden Eagles produced 376 total yards offense while holding the Pioneers to a single touchdown in Friday night’s district match-up. Golden Eagles win their 3rd straight on the road, 41-7. The Golden Eagles are coming home with a lot of momentum and some serious swagger.
First Half Summary
The Eagles got off to a slow start Friday, scoreless in the first. But an interception in the end zone by LB Zach Daoust #24 ended the first quarter and was the catalyst they needed. Dimitrius Patterson #6 caught a picture book, over-the-shoulder, pass for an 82-yard TD on the first play of the 2nd quarter. Bryce Keylon #23 intercepted the ball on the Pioneers’ next play from scrimmage. Dimitrius Patterson got his 2nd TD of the quarter on the following drive with an 11 yard run.
Jacob York #5 and Taylor Jenkins #12 also found pay dirt in the 2nd quarter. Despite penalties and a frustrated Pioneer defense, QB Austin Dotson #9 was able to put 2 scoring drives together in the last 2 mins. This effective time management allowed the Eagles to end the half with a 31-0 lead.
Mercy Rule Triggered in Second Half
Noel Patterson #11 returned a kickoff 60 yards to start the 2nd half. His Brother, Dimitrius, scored on the ensuing drive giving Rhea County a 37 point lead. The score triggered the TSSAA “Mercy Rule” (click for TSSAA Handbook, which sped up the game tremendously.
In the Trenches and Through the Posts
Rhea County’s offensive and defensive line found success despite dealing with a frustrated Warren County team. There were several unsportsman-like penalties during the game. Most were due to skirmishes and resulted in offsetting penalties.
Senior kicker Wyatt Maerki had another successful night scoring 5 PAT’s and 2-2 in field goal attempts. Maerki scored over 25% of all Rhea County points Friday with 11.
East Hamilton at Bill Horton Field, next Friday
East Hamilton won this week’s contest versus Soddy Daisy, 38-7. They are 7-1 for the season overall and 4-1 in the fierce AAA District 5. This will be the biggest game Bill Horton Field has seen in years. Get Ready!!