Rhea County High School 2021

Team Profile

Photos by Andy Mitchell Photography

Q&A with Coach Mark Pemberton

Rhea County high school football coach Mark PembertonQ: How would you characterize this year’s team?

A: We are an experienced team this season.

Q: What will be the keys to your success?

A: Staying healthy. 

Q: Who will be your key leaders on the team?

A: Drew Fisher (TE/LB). 

Q: What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A: We have a lot of returning players from last year. We’ll have nine back on defense and seven back on offense.

Q: What will keep you up at night?

A: Depth.

Q: What can you build on from last year?

A: Our region title is a good place to start.

Q: Any lessons learned  from last year?

A: No.

Q: Will we see anything different this year?

A: Nothing in particular.

Q: How would you characterize your team’s speed?

A: I would say that our team’s speed is average.

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Coach Name: Mark Pemberton (29 yrs. as a head coach, 9th as head coach at Rhea Co.)

Division/Class: TN I-5A 

2020 Overall Record: 10-2

2020 District Finish: 1st

Mascot: Golden Eagles


2021 Schedule


20 Corbin (A)

27 Elizabethton (A)


3 McMinn Co. (H)

10 Anderson Co. (H)

17 Ooltewah (A)

24 Red Bank (H)


1 Walker Valley (A)

15 Howard (H)

22 Bradley Central (A)

29 Coffee Co. (H)


Coach’s View

I feel like we’re in good shape this year. Coming in with our region title, as well as 16 returning players bringing their experience to our team, I’m feeling confident. I think that if we keep up the same work ethic that we’ve shown in the past, we should be very competitive.

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