Rhea County High School 2023

Team Profile

Photos by Rhea County Magazine

Q & A With Coach Mark Pemberton

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

A. A lot of experience coming back. Good work ethic. Good attitude.

Q. What will be the keys to your success?

A. Building depth and line play.

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

A. Ethan Davis, Maurice Shirley, and Hunter Crowe.

Q. What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A. A lot of returning players have gained major game experience. A great off-season in the weight room.

Q. What will keep you up at night?

A. Depth.

Q. What can you build on from last year?

A. Last year is OVER.

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

A. Good speed at the skill positions.


Coach name: Mark Pemberton (31 yrs. as a head coach, 11th as head coach at Rhea Co.)

Division/Class: TN I-5A

2022 Overall Record: 2-9

2022 District Finish: 3rd

Mascot: Golden Eagles

2023 Schedule


18 Soddy Daisy (H)

25 Red Bank (H)


1 Knoxville Central (A)

8 Howard (H)

15 Cleveland (H)

22 Walker Valley (A)

29 McMinn Co. (H)


6 Ooltewah (A)

20 Tyner Academy (H)

26 East Hamilton (A)

Coach’s View

After a disappointing performance last season, this year can’t get here fast enough. Looking forward to this year.