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The 2014 season got off to a rough start for the Rockwood Middle School Tigers Thursday evening as Scott Harvey's squad dropped a 24-0 decision at Rhea Middle.
The Golden Eagles used a decisive size advantage on both sides of the ball to wear down the Tigers in the opener.
Rhea used that size advantage to average 10 yards per carry on the evening as the Eagles rushed for 220 yards on 22 carries.
Gavin Morrison picked up about half those yards as he carried the ball six times for 106 yards. Teammate Braden Davis added 68 yards and two TDs on six carries.
Davis scored the game's first touchdown as he scored from 4 yards out to end a three-play, 49-yard drive. The Eagles added the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead with 4:23 left in the opening quarter.
Rockwood responded with its best drive of the evening. Starting from the 39, the Tigers put together a 12-play drive, but a penalty helped kill the drive as Rhea took over on downs at the 18.
The Eagles then scored their second touchdown of the season when they drove 82 yards in nine plays to make the score 16-0 with 36.6 seconds left in the first half. Davis scored the TD from 27 yards out.
Rhea opened the second half with a quick three-play, 58-yard scoring drive to make the score 14-0 after a successful two-point conversion. Daniel Solomon scored the touchdown on a 21-yard run.
Rockwood had two drives that reached Eagle territory in the second half, but both ended on downs.
Rockwood ended the evening with 107 yards rushing on 35 carries. Shannon Kasior led the way with 43 yards on 14 carries while Tahj Bazel added 38 yards on five carries.
Rockwood (0-1) returns to action Thursday when they travel to Spring City.
Rushing- Kasior 14-43, Bazel 5-38, Turner 5-11, Gaus 6-20, Chrisco 2-(-7), Brackett 1-(-2), Houston 2-4.