OOLTEWAH, TN (WRCB) -- The Ooltewah Owl defense outscored the offense and shut down Rhea County's rushing juggernaut en route to a 16-0 win Friday night at Jim Jarvis Field.
Scoreless in the first quarter until Rhea County's first turnover of the night with Ooltewah's A.J. Diggs with the scoop and score from 23 yards out puts the Owls up a touchdown.
Rhea was going nowhere offensively in the first half. They try the fake punt and it backfires big time as Ooltewah recovers and looks poised to put it in, but Rhea County's goal line defense stands to keep them out with the turnover on downs.
But Ooltewah ends up getting a deuce on the tackle in end zone for safety 9 nothing Owls.
Ooltewah gets the short field on the kickoff and London Elrod hits Kobe Jones in the end Zone for six and the complimentary cheap shot.
16-0 at the half, and also at the end with Ooltewah's defense smothering Rhea County.
For Ooltewah's Jerimiah Jackson, he played this game for his granddad, who he buried the same day of last year's playoff loss to the Eagles.
" He was the man in my life, he taught me a lot of stuff and I felt like I let him down and my let my team down," said Jakcson afterward. " So this year, I stepped it up a little bit we all played hard as a team."
" This was an outstanding effort today on a team that's scored a lot of points and we did a lot of good things to get a shutout," said Ooltewah Head Coach Mac Bryan . " I'm sure there's some negative plays there and that's hard to do with their offense."
" We play defense like that the rest of the year and improving with it," opines Rhea County Head Coach Mark Pemberton. " You know offense wins games but defense wins championships, so if we keep getting better defensively we got a chance."