Goshen hosts Jaguars

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 15, 2000

Sports Editor

New name, new uniform, and new mascot.

Same bad team.

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The Class 2A No. 10 Goshen Eagles hosts Barbour County tonight for homecoming. Louisville and Clayton combined school systems during the summer to create Barbour County High School.

Last season, as separate schools, Clayton went 0-10. Louisville wasn’t much better, finishing 2-8.

This year the Jaguars, coached by first-year head coach Tony Carter, have gotten off to a bad start, losing to G.W. Long in the first game, 53-25, and last week to Georgiana, 41-6.

Goshen was originally scheduled to play Louisville and Clayton both this year, but because of the consolidation, the Eagles picked up Pleasant Home for the tenth and final game.

GHS Head Coach Joe Thornton said his team came out a "little slack" in practice this week due to all the Homecoming activities, but he said come game time his team will be ready to play.

"We’ve also battled a little bit of a virus around here," he said. "Dan Garner and Dee Brundidge has had a touch of it."

Thornton said Brundidge’s play might also be limited tonight, due to some soreness in his knee. It’s the same knee, Thornton said, that

Brundidge injured last season against Georgiana.

But the Eagles have a good back-up to Brundidge in sophomore Clarence Bean. Bean had 73 yards on 9 carries last week in the Eagles 29-13 win over Luverne.

"I have confidence in Clarence," Thornton said. "He’ll step in and do a good job for us if the need arises."

Thornton said the Eagles have been "fired up" this week after finding out they were ranked No. 10 in the state.

"They’re excited," he said. "But we’ve tried to keep it in perspective, because we’re not going to be satisfied unless we make it to the state championship game."