Bulldogs, Eagles set for rematch
Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 3, 2007
Both Pike County High School head coach Danny Suber and Goshen High School head coach Harold Jones are hoping their respective squads have forgotten all about the teams' Jan. 13 matchup that saw the Bulldogs thump the Eagles 76-35 in Brundidge - but for completely different reasons.
“As a coach, anytime your team has already beaten a team and you have to play them again it makes you a little nervous,” Suber said.
“When you've beaten a team pretty baldy it makes you real anxious. To be honest, that's kind of where I'm at right now. I'm hoping our guys aren't thinking too much about the last time we played Goshen.”
Jones said: “I hope our guys aren't thinking about that game. We didn't play a very good game that night, and I don't want us to carry the memory of that game into (tonight's) game.”
Neither coach expects tonight's showdown in Goshen to resemble the meeting in Brundidge.
“I think it will be a completely different game,” Jones said.
“We always play Pike County a lot tougher here at home. It's a more familiar environment for us. When you go to Pike County you have an uphill battle. They have great fans that really have an impact on the game.
“That played a big role last time we played them. We started to make some mistakes, and their fans got into it, and it kind of got to our kids.
“I think being at home will help us a lot. We usually play better here in Goshen.”
Suber isn't expecting as many mistakes from the Eagle this time around.
“You can toss that score out,” he said.
“It really doesn't tell you the whole story. Goshen played us a lot tougher than it shows. They were right there in the game except for a few minutes there where they made a lot of mistakes. We can't go into this game expecting that to happen again.”
While both coaches expect a much closer game, it won't have anything to do with their respective teams approach to the game.
“We aren't going to change anything,” Jones said.
“If we hadn't turned the ball over as much as we did, and missed as many free throws as we did, it wouldn't have been as lopsided a loss the first time. I think our game plan is fine. We're going to make sure we play solid defense, and take care of the ball, and I think if we do that we'll give ourselves a chance to win.”
Suber said: “We've been playing pretty well lately. I think the biggest thing for us is to make sure that we don't look past these guys just because we had a pretty easy time the last time we played.
“We still need to come out and do the things we've been doing that have given us some success, because I'm sure Goshen will be ready to play, and if we're not ready to play they can definitely beat us.”
The Eagles and the Bulldogs will face off tonight at the GHS gymnasium.
Game time is set for 7 p.m.