Media picks Rhea County to win District 6

Coach Pemberton
Rhea County Head Coach Mark Pemberton addresses coaches and media during TSSAA's District 6-AAA Media Day at First National Bank in Cookeville. (photo: Craig Delk / Herald-Citizen)

TSSAA rolls out new Classification System, Media picks Rhea County to win district, but coaches remain unconvinced

August 11, 2014

Cookeville, TN — While Rhea County Head Coach Mark Pemberton convened with district coaches for the annual Dist 6-AAA Media Day in Cookeville, TSSAA Board Members were voting to change the current school classification system at their annual board meeting in Hermitage, TN.

The proposed changes would place Rhea County in what will be Class 5A and likely in a region with familiar teams such as Cleveland, Bradley Central, Walker Valley, Soddy Daisy, McMinn Co., Ooltewah and East Hamilton.

The new classification system doesn’t surprise Pemberton.

“We knew it was gonna happen sooner or later.  That’s probably how it should be,” said Pemberton.

“We have some good rivalries there.  It will be a heck of a district,” he adds.

TSSAA Assistant Executive Director, Matthew Gillespie, expressed in a phone interview, “The majority of people wanted to see a change and this new option was the best. The overwhelming majority of schools liked the proposal and that  was reflected in the board’s decision.”

“The changes will go into effect next year, and I think a lot of people are excited about it,” added Gillespie.

Dist 6-AAA Media Day – District coaches remain unconvinced.

Despite going undefeated in District 6-AAA play last season, polling shows district coaches unconvinced of Rhea County’s continued dominance.  Coaches gave the same number of votes to Cookeville as they did Rhea County.

The media chose Rhea County to finish first followed by Cookeville, White County, Stone Memorial, Warren County, and Cumberland County in that order.

Rhea County went undefeated in District 6 last season outscoring district opponents, 209-39.

Week Zero Continues for Golden Eagles

Rhea County is set to play the second of four scheduled preseason scrimmages today at Cleveland, 6pm EST.   This will be a good measure for Rhea County as the Blue Raiders knocked them out of the playoffs last season in the 2nd Round.

“Hopefully, we’ll go over there and have a good scrimmage and no one get hurt,” says Pemberton.

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