With preseason scrimmages and practices in the books and school starting back officially this week, the Eagles, along with a handful of other area teams, are slated to participate in the second annual Southeast Kickoff Classic at Eagle Stadium this Friday night.
The participants for this year include: Cleveland, Lenoir City, Knoxville Catholic, McMinn County, and your Rhea County Golden Eagles.
Action will begin at 6 PM when Rhea County’s exciting new group of freshmen take on Cleveland’s freshmen. Following this at 7 PM, the Blue Raiders’ varsity team will square off with Lenoir City in a rematch from last year’s bout in the SEKC. Next up will be Knoxville Catholic and McMinn County at 8. Last, but certainly not least, the Rhea County varsity squad will take the field against Knoxville Catholic with kickoff set to be at 9.
Catholic once again is looked at as not only the favorite to win the region, but one of the teams considered at the top of the class in 5A. While they only return 6 starters (3 offense/3 defense), that statistic is fairly misleading since each of the “new” starters got extensive playing time in 2017. The strength of this team, regardless of who lines up at the skill positions, will be on the line.
The Irish return Cooper Mays (6’3, 250) and Bryn Tucker (6’5, 300), two top notch recruits with offer lists dripping with Power Five teams and college football blue bloods such as Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, Ohio State, and Oklahoma among others on the offensive line. On the defensive line, the Irish have Stiles Moore (6’3, 235), who has offers from Tulane and Central Michigan, and Bryce Nicely (6’3, 260) who also has garnered the attention of multiple schools.
The jamboree will consist of two regulation quarters (12 minutes) for each matchup in which the clock will be ran just like if it were a normal game with the clock only stopping for runs out of bounds, incomplete passes, possession changes, and, of course, timeouts.
Tickets for the jamboree will be $10 at the gate with the sales being split among the participating schools. Be sure to be there to cheer on your Eagles as they prepare to open up the 2018 season, and stick around for the other teams as well because, who doesn’t like some good football on a Friday night in Evensville?
See you there, Eagle Nation!