Golden Eagles Punish Pioneers in AAA District 6 Win 41-7


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

rchs-events1-230x145The 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.

L. NFHS Football Rule 3-1-2 (Mercy Rule); Beginning in the second half, if the point differential is 35 points or more, a continuous clock will be used. The clock will only stop for charged time-outs, injuries, and scores. The try will always be an un-timed down. The clock shall start when the ball is kicked on the kickoff. If the point differential goes below 35 points, go back to regular timing rules.

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!!


  1. That intro was sick! Rhea county has its own ESPN! Seriously you can’t ask for anything more than the Rhea Review. Awesome sight and even better coverage for all things Rhea county.


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