Golden Eagles prepare for Gridiron Challenge in Bama

Eagles set to play in Gridiron Challenge next Friday at Jacksonville State (AL)

A return to Bill Horton Field this Tuesday marked the beginning of Spring Practice as the Golden Eagles took their first steps towards their 2016 football season.

“This signals the start of the season, because we never stop right up to the first game,” noted coach Mark Pemberton as he assured his team would be ready for the August 19th season opener at Baylor.

We’ll be playing at a good football university, playing on TV down there, and a lot of other schools will see it.
– Mark Pemberton – Rhea County Football

“We’ve got a lot of work to do in a short period of time,” he adds.

The team is allowed 15 days of practice in the spring and two scrimmages.  Pemberton aims to make the most of it.

Next Friday, his Eagles will travel to Jacksonville, AL for the 2016 Jacksonville State Gridiron Challenge Jamboree.  The event will feature over 20 teams in a three-day period.

“This another chance for our kids to get exposure,” Pemberton says of the opportunity.

“We’ll be playing at a good football university, playing on TV down there, and a lot of other schools will see it.”

“It places a sense of urgency as far as our practices go and getting ready to play.  We’ve got to get ready in a short amount of time.  The practice tempo will pick up a bit with the kids knowing we have a scrimmage coming up.”

Rhea County will square off against Oxford High School and their three-star linebacker Kenney Britt, who has offers from Alabama and Auburn.

Unlike most scrimmages, the contest will resemble a jamboree format with two 20-minute halves and no kicking game.

Pemberton notes his team will be missing a few multi-sport athletes, but “it gives us an opportunity to develop some depth.”

This will be the first look at the 2016 team follow their journey on another state title run.

Kickoff  at 8:30 EST P.M.  at Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, AL 36265.

It’s a short 2 hour and 50 minute drive on I-59.  This is the first time Rhea County has played football in Alabama since they played Prattville High School in 1992.

Rhea Review will stream the game for those who can’t make the trip.  Don’t miss the pre-game show at 8 PM, kickoff at 8:30PM.


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