Eagles take awards at District Ceremony

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Zach Daoust
Golden Eagle senior Zach Daoust puts Pioneer defenders in rear-view during one of his three touchdowns in Rhea County's 46-3 victory over Warren County. (photo: Gary Bolden / Rhea Review)

Among Eagle awards, Daoust named District MVP 

Cookeville, TN — The Golden Eagles scored some serious hardware on December 6, at the 2014 District 6-AAA Awards Ceremony held in Cookeville.  Most notably is Rhea County senior Zach Daoust who was honored with the District MVP Award.   In addition to Daoust, coach Mark Pemberton and a host of Eagles were recognized for what was a record-breaking season for Rhea County football.

Eagle athletes recognized at the District 6-AAA Award Ceremony.  Pictured L-R (back row) Jared Edwards, Tyler Pendleton, Logan Hinds, Jacob Williams, Jacob York, Daniel Dotson, (second row) Mason Stephenson, Ethan Houston, C.J. Shelton, Holden Doss, Bryce Keylon, Noel Patterson, (front row L-R) Jonathon Shoemake, Lee Hill,, Cody Bice, Zach Daoust, David Loden. (photo contributed)
Eagle athletes recognized at the District 6-AAA Award Ceremony. Pictured L-R (back row) Jared Edwards, Tyler Pendleton, Logan Hinds, Jacob Williams, Jacob York, Daniel Dotson, (second row) Mason Stephenson, Ethan Houston, C.J. Shelton, Holden Doss, Bryce Keylon, Noel Patterson, (front row L-R) Jonathon Shoemake, Lee Hill, Cody Bice, Zach Daoust, David Loden. (photo contributed)

Eagles take top District Awards

In all, Rhea County received more awards than of any other team in the district – and rightfully so.  Rhea County went undefeated in District 6-AAA play (5-0) and would ultimately break all school records with a 13-0 record before losing to the eventual state champions, Knox West, in the Semifinals, 35-28.

District MVP – Zach Daoust

Zach Daoust - District MVP
Zach Daoust – District MVP

In 2013, Daoust was a defensive standout.  At linebacker, he led his team in tackles.  Recognizing his athletic ability, coaches felt he would fit in the Eagle’s offensive scheme well at wingback.  They were right.  During the Eagle’s 2014 run at a state title, Daoust amassed over 1,960 yards all-purpose yards with a whopping 1,594 yards rushing throughout the season.


 

Tyler Pendleton - Defensive MVP
Tyler Pendleton – Defensive MVP

Defensive MVP – Tyler Pendleton

Joining Daoust with MVP honors is Rhea County defensive specialist, Tyler Pendleton.  The Golden Eagle junior standout is credited with 102 tackles – easily the most in the district.  Coaches recognized the junior’s accomplishments with the prestigious “Defensive MVP” award.


Most Outstanding Defensive Tackle – Jacob Williams

Jacob Williams
Jacob Williams – Most Outstanding Defensive Tackle

Much of the Golden Eagles’ success came from their ability to dominate the line of scrimmage.  Rhea County senior Jacob Williams did just that – on both sides of the ball.  But in this ceremony, he was celebrated for his success in wreaking havoc on opponents offenses.  Williams finished the season with more than 50 tackles and 10 of those were tackles for a loss.  For this, Williams was honored as the “Most Outstanding Defensive Tackle” in the district.


Most Outstanding Linebacker – Jacob York

Jacob York - Most Outstanding Linebacker
Jacob York – Most Outstanding Linebacker

On October 3, 2014, Jacob York gave us one of the most memorable moments in Rhea County football history with a 63 yard game-winning run which stunned the visiting Cookeville Cavaliers.  Offensively, York was the workhorse of the Eagles’ offense.  Defensively, he was an offensive coordinator’s worst nightmare.  The senior inside linebacker is known for his ability to make big plays when needed the most.  For his performance, York received the “Most Outstanding Linebacker” award.


Bryce Keylon - Most Outstanding Defensive Back
Bryce Keylon – Most Outstanding Defensive Back

Most Outstanding Defensive Back – Bryce Keylon

Awarded the “Most Outstanding Defensive Back” is Golden Eagle senior Bryce Keylon.  The Rhea County senior was a key component to the Eagles’ success.   Keylon is best known for playing “all out” on every down.  In addition to his role in in the Eagle’s secondary, Keylon was also a play maker on special teams and provided depth at wing back.


David Loden - Most Outstanding Punter
David Loden – Most Outstanding Punter

Most Outstanding Punter – David Loden

With an offense that averaged 365 rushing yards per game, Rhea County didn’t have to punt very often.  But when they did, they knew they could count on senior David Loden to get the ball off and down field.  In all, Loden averaged 38.6 yards in 22 punts.  The scrappy senior also played a key role in the Rhea County secondary, leading the district with five interceptions.


Noel Patterson - Most Outstanding Receiver
Noel Patterson – Most Outstanding Receiver

Most Outstanding Receiver – Noel Patterson

Following in the footsteps of his brother Dimitrius (2013 District 6-AAA MVP), Noel Patterson proved a dangerous threat every time he touched the ball.  Whether returning a kick or on a jail break screen pass, Patterson is known to bring Eagle fans to their feet.  The junior phenom finished the season with over 1138 all purpose yards with 467 yards receiving.


 

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