EVENSVILLE, TN (WRCB) -- On a cold November night, Rhea County found a way to heat up and stay hot with a convincing 47-14 win over Ooltewah in the second round of the TSSAA Class 5A tournament.
Jacob York broke the scoreless game open early on with a 41-yard touchdown run up the middle.
Rhea County led 7-0 and went to work on defense, suffocating that high powered Ooltewah offense until the Golden Eagles would find the endzone again.
They did that with a rare touchdown pass, but when you run it as good as Rhea County the pass is always a threat. Daniel Dotson hit Zach Daoust from 35-yards to make it 14-0.
Ooltewah would finally light up the scoreboard when Kelvin Leon pitched it to Fransez Kendricks from six yards out for six points. The Owls trailed 14-7.
Rhea County would once again extend the lead before the half. Daoust earned his second score with a 80-yard run, up 21-14 and they wouldn't look back.
Golden Eagles Head Coach Mark Pemberton said, "I'm really proud of our kids, they played hard and went after it, they played the gameplan exactly how we wanted it done and they're a good team ooltewah, we did a great job defensively shutting them down."
Daoust added, "it was a big win man, it means so much, coming in here against a great team, we prepared all week, it was great ominous out here and executing a helluva game."
Rhea County will now travel to top seeded Oak Ridge in the quarterfinals, Oak Ridge beat Cleveland 10-6 on Friday night.