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Eagles back on practice field for spring drills

There has been strange noises reported emanating from the campus of Goshen High School.

Strange grunts, yells, and what can only be described as &uot;contact noises&uot; have been reposted between the hours of 3 and 6 pm.

Of course, on further investigation the noises are explained quite rationally.

The 2007 Goshen High School Eagles have begun spring practice this week.

The team finished last season with a dead even 5-5 record and judging by the look in the eye of the players on the field, the upcoming season is going to be a lot different.

Goshen has all but three players returning to the team this year, including wide receiver Derrick Owens, running back Marquez Maddox, and defensive standout Marty Anderson.

&uot;We have just about everybody returning to the team this year and that is a big advantage for us,&uot; Goshen High School head coach Joe Thornton said.

The practices have run all week, and Thornton has no plans for slowing down.

&uot;We are not very big as far as numbers, but we have the players on this team to get it done on the field if we work hard at it,&uot; Thornton said. &uot;We have some guys that are real physical and that helps too.&uot;

For Thornton, a football team gets its foundations in the weight room.

That mentality proved itself valuable when Goshen took home the 2007 Class 2A state weightlifting championship.

&uot;If we can get in the weight room and get that much bigger and stronger then we will do some big things come August,&uot; Thornton said.

The Eagles will open the 2007 season with a home game against Bullock County High School.