Eagles’ wings clipped in Orrville

Published 1:45 pm Monday, September 15, 2008

ORRVILLE – It’s been 37 years since the Keith High School Bears (3-0, 2-0) opened a football season with three consecutive wins. Keith’s balanced attack had little difficulty pounding the Goshen High School Eagles 41 – 8 in a 2A regional match up last night.

“We haven’t been this good at this point of the season in a long time,” said Keith head coach Harry Crum. “The boys practiced hard and played hard. Everybody including our coaching staff made a contribution in this win tonight.”

The Bear offense, which had scored 34 points in each of its last two games, played an unstoppable ‘wing-t’ offense. They scored on their first possession, marching 75 yards in just three plays. Quarterback Gerald Matthews galloped 60 yards down the sidelines to put Keith on the scoreboard in less than two minutes into the game. Clyde Moise ran it in for the two-point conversion making the score 8 – 0.

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The turning point in the game came early in the second quarter after the Eagles fumbled a Keith punt on their own 41 yard line, which Ricky Lewis picked up a ran to the 11 yard line. The Bears needed four plays to reach the end zone, as D’Wan Lewis ran around right end from 15 yards out to give the Bears a 14 -0 advantage.

Keith added four more scores before the night was done.

Goshen, who was playing its first road game of the season, finally got on the scoreboard at the 9:33 mark of the fourth quarter.

Senior quarterback Tyreese Wingard connected with senior tight end Austin Bennett for a 28-yard touchdown pass. Bennett had three catches for 68 yards. Sophomore Marcus Jackson had 103 rushing yards on 20 carries.

“Keith was a little more athletic then we were tonight,” Goshen head coach Joe Thornton said.