Rhea Middle looks to rebound as Eagles host Ocoee
Evensville, TN — Rhea Middle School football team dropped a close one to Soddy on last Thursday 22-20 to drop their record to 0-2 on the season. They will look for a win at home on Thursday as they host Ocoee at 7:00 pm kickoff.
On Thursday it was Dallas Messimer carrying the load for the Eagles with three touchdowns but it was Kesean Eubanks racking up around 200 yards on offense and coming up with two long pass receptions for touchdonws and the game ending interception that won the day for Soddy.
Dallas Messimer had two first half touchdowns but it was Soddy with the 16-14 halftime lead on a late touchdown by Twins. In the second half, Messimer scored his third touchdown to put Rhea Middle up 20-16 with 3:04 left in third quarter, but the failed two point conversion would come back to haunt the Eagles later.
In the fourth quarter, Soddy drove deep in Rhea Middle Territory but a fumble gave the ball to the Eagles and with the lead, the drove the ball down deep into Twin’s territory when a fumble stopped the drive and gave Soddy the ball deep in their territory. Eubanks got behind the defender and the pass from Barnes was on target and Eubanks ran down the sidelines for the go-a-head touchdown with 3:41 on the clock.
Eagles stiffened and did not allow the two point conversion, but still trailed 22-20. After taking the kickoff, they moved the ball but due to penalty were looking at long fourth down play and Eubanks picks off the floater and took it down to the Eagle 25 yard line with 27 seconds left in the game. Soddy killed the clock and Eagles had lost a tough one.
Coach Fitzgerald said, “Keep in mind that this is a young football team.”
“They have to learn how to finish a game.”
“At the half, we could have gone in with the lead but turned the ball over.”
“In the fourth quarter we had the lead and the ball. We are driving and turn the ball over.”
Coach Fitzgerald told the team after the game.
“Your want-to was there. You got to do what we coach you to do.”
“You have got to get over that hurdle.”
“You have to do what we ask you to do.”
“We have to improve from game two to three.”