Pike County downs Goshen to open 2012 seasonPublished 11:35pm Thursday, August 30, 2012
Coming off a 1-8 season, expectations weren’t too high for this year’s Pike County High School football team. The Bulldogs proved everybody wrong at least for one week.
Pike County handled the Goshen Eagles 20-11 in a Thursday night tilt.
“We watched a lot of film from last week to fix our mistakes,” Pike County head coach Fred Holland said. “We had a rough game against Charles Henderson so I’m proud of the way these guys came out and played tonight.”
It took both teams more than a quarter to feel each other out before Pike County scored midway through the second frame. The Bulldogs’ Deshon Cowling returned a punt 52 yards to the Goshen 33-yard line. Four plays later, Damion Adams crossed the goal line on a 1-yard plunge to give Pike County a 7-0 advantage.
Goshen would answer in the third quarter with a 41-yard field goal from Steven Macias.
Pike County would help the Eagles cut the deficit to two when a botched snap on a punt went out of the back of the endzone for a safety. Goshen trailed 7-5.
With 7:51 left in the fourth Adams scored again from a yard out to put the Bulldogs up 14-5. After Josh McClure intercepted a Goshen pass, Pike County struck on a 19-yard strike from Jackson to Cowling.
Goshen would score on the final play of the game when quarterback Ramsey Rigby found Kendrez White on a 21-yard connection.
“We just didn’t execute,” Goshen head coach Bart Snyder said after the game. “We’ve got to come together as a team and play together and execute.”
With the victory, the Bulldogs equaled both its win total from last season and its single-game high point mark. Pike County scored 20 on the Eagles last season in a 33-20 loss.
Pike County will travel to face Barbour County next week while Goshen heads to Luverne.