Rhea County High School 2022

Team Profile

Photos by Billynthia Hill, Rhea Co. Magazine

Q & A With Coach Mark Pemberton

rhea county tennessee high school football coach 2022

Q: How would you characterize this year’s team?

A: Young.

Q: What will be the keys to your success?

A: Our offensive and defensive line.

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

A: Caleb O’Dell (RB/DB), Trent Edwards (RB/LB), Hunter Crowe (RB/LB), Maurice Shirley (OL/DL), Kaleb Martin (QB/DB), and Ethan Davis (RB/DB).

Q: What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A: Work ethic.

Q: What will keep you up at night?

A: Depth.

Q: What can you build on from last year?

A: Moving past the third round.

Q: Any lessons learned from last year?

A: Stay consistent.

Q: Will we see anything different this year?

A: No.

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

A: Team speed is not bad.

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Coach name: Mark Pemberton (30 yrs. as a head coach, 10th as head coach at Rhea Co.)

Division/Class: TN I-5A

2021 Overall Record: 10-3

2021 District Finish: 1st

Mascot: Golden Eagles

2022 Schedule


19 Alcoa (H)


2 McMinn Co. (A)

9 Anderson Co. (A)

16 Ooltewah (H)

23 Red Bank (A)

30 Walker Valley (H)


7 Elizabethton (H)

14 Howard (A)

21 Bradley Central (H)

27 Coffee Co. (A)

Coach’s View

We have a tough schedule and will take it one at a time. It’s one of the toughest schedules in our classification. We will improve each week and play our best ball at playoff time.

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