Eagles fall short against Irish, focus on Cleveland

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Rhea County suffered a 40-16 loss against nationally ranked Cathedral Fightin’ Irish at Bill Horton Field this past Friday.

It was the second time in as many years the Eagles took their medicine in preparation for a  district laden run preceding the playoffs.  It paid off last year with a trip to the state 5A semifinals.

“I thought we battled the whole way,” said Eagles coach Mark Pemberton.  “I’m proud of them for that.  We just made way too many mistakes”

“That team just has so many athletes, it’s hard to pin them all up.”

Cathedral’s standout quarterback, Quincy Keller, connected with Luke Sanders for four of the Irish’s six touchdowns.

“We knew it was gonna be difficult coming in,” admitted Golden Eagle senior Eddie Davis.  “It’s just a learning experience against a really good team.”

Davis was Zack Pemberton’s favorite target on the night with three receptions for 89 yards including a 45-yard strike in the final quarter which he capped off with an 8-yard run.

The loss dropped the Eagles from 4th to 7th in state 5A rankings where they’re now tied with Farragut.  The Eagles enjoy a bye-week this week where Pemberton says he hopes, “we’ll get healed up and ready to make a stretch run”.

After the break, the Eagles travel to play long-time district rival, Cleveland Blue Raiders, on October 7.

Cathedral Fightin’ Irish at Rhea County Golden Eagles
Sep 23, 2016 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH SCORE
Cathedral Fightin’ Irish (5-1) 12 7 14 7 40
Rhea County Golden Eagles (4-2) 0 8 0 8 16
Team Stats Comparison
CHS RCHS
Total Offense 452 333
Rushing Yards 153 250
Passing Yards 301 98
First Downs 20 18
Punt Return Yards 19 0
Kick Return Yards 55 39
Total Yards 526 372
Turnovers 0 1
Penalties 8/80 10/90
Posession Time 22:50 25:10
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORING CHS RCHS
7:07 (CHS) Quincy Keller 15-yd pass to Luke Sanders, kick failed 6 0
0:25 (CHS) Quincy Keller 27-yd pass to Luke Sanders, conversion failed 12 0
SECOND QUARTER SCORING CHS RCHS
7:00 (RCHS) Brandon Hunt 3-yd run, Payton Barger 2 pt conversion 12 8
1:59 (CHS) Chon’ Dre Cissell 4-yd run, Sylvia kick 19 8
THIRD QUARTER SCORING CHS RCHS
4:27 (CHS) Quincy Keller 22-yd pass to Luke Sanders, Silvia kick 26 8
2:11 (CHS) Quincy Keller 13-yd pass to Luke Sanders, Silvia kick 33 8
FOURTH QUARTER SCORING CHS RCHS
10:09 (RCHS) Eddie Davis 8-yd run, Zack Pemberton pass to Chandler Kaylor conversion 33 16
1:41 (RCHS) Chon’Dre Cissell 30-yd run, Sylvia kick 40 16
Rhea County Golden Eagles
PASSING C/A YDS TD INT
Zack Pemberton 3/10 98 0 0
RUSHING ATT YDS AVG TD
Cody Bice 18 88 4.9 0
Eddie Davis 12 50 4.2 1
Christian Simon 6 44 7.3 0
Brandon Hunt 10 36 3.6 1
Chris Sturgeon 1 12 12.0 0
AJ Velasco 1 2 2.0 0
RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD
Eddie Davis 3 84 28.0 0
Cody Bice 1 14 14.0 0
PUNTING NO YDS AVG IN20
Chandler Kaylor 4 125 31.3 0
KICK RETURN RET YDS AVG TD
Christian Simon 2 39 19.5 0
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