The Golden Eagles are starting the 2013 season with more momentum than they have seen in years. Not only does Rhea County have a new school, but they are also starting the season with a new head football coach. Mark Pemberton, no stranger to Rhea County Football, accepted the head coaching position last spring. Pemberton left the Brentwood Bruins after an 11-2 season which ended in the state 6A Quarterfinals. This is surely great news to dedicated Golden Eagle fans who have seen their team suffer the last two seasons with a miserable record of 3-17 under former head coach Doug Greene.
We want to win and win immediately.Head Coach Mark Pemberton
When asked if this will be a rebuilding year, coach Pemberton said, "We have 11 seniors. It's not fair to our seniors to call it a rebuilding year. We want to win and win immediately." Offensively, Senior QB Austin Dotson, will be executing Coach Pemberton's proven "Wing-T" offense. The Eagle's have an arsenal of running backs and receivers to get the job done. When asked about his offense, Coach Pemberton said, "Wins come with the offensive line." On the other side of the ball, the Eagles will be basing their defense on the versatile 3-4. When asked about the Rhea County defense, Pemberton says, "Our overall defense has continued to get better, while our run defense is looking good."
The Eagles have some fresh meat on their schedule this season. Rhea County is now in the Class AAA 6th District. Along with Rhea County, the district is made up of the following: Cookville High, Cumberland County, Stone Memorial, Warren County, and White County. The 2013 season will not be void of rivalries as the Eagles will host Red Bank and visit Soddy Daisy. Rhea County will open their season on August 30th, against Coffee County at home. If you would like to show your support for Rhea County and the Golden Eagles, please join the “Rhea County Touchdown Club on Facebook“.