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Rhea Co. digs out of early hole but season comes to a semifinal end

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EVENSVILLE, TN (WRCB) -- Rhea County overcame a 28 point deficit in the 5A semifinal but a late Knox West score ended the Golden Eagles historic season.


Through 13 games all wins in 2014, Rhea County didn't trail more by more than 14 at any point. Until Friday night.

West jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the second quarter. It could have been 35-0 if not for a Tyler Pendleton interception on the goaline to end a West drive before the half.

The Golden Eagles ran for just 13-yards in the first half, a season worst, but they went to work in the second half.

Zach Daoust capped off an 80-yard opening second half drive with a three yard touchdown for Rhea.

Still in the third quarter, quarterback Daniel Dotson cut the lead to 14 with a short touchdown run.

Rhea County would pull within seven before the third quarter closed as Dotson hit Jared Andrews for a 20-yard score. 

Down 28-21 in the fourth with under six minutes left, Dotson and Andrews hooked up again, this time from 15-yards out to tie the game at 28.

West started to eat clock on their final drive and with 13-seconds left quarterback Seth Marshall let it fly from 30-yards out, Jeremiah Russell pulled it down in the endzone for the games final score.

Rhea County finishes the season 13-1.

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