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Eagles secure No. 2 spot in region with win

The Goshen Eagles scored early and often as they ran over the Highland Home Flying Squadron Friday night on the road, winning 50-12.

Coming into the game head coach Bart Synder said the keys for his team’s success were to “run the football and play sound consistent defense.”

Six-rushing touchdowns and two turnovers later, the Eagles’ had done just that.

Keeping the Squadrons’ attack grounded, the Eagle defense did not allow a first down until 2:52 left in the second quarter and pitched a shutout until the second half of play.

The Eagles offense was the perfect compliment to the defense as five different players scored on rushing touchdowns.

Deion Merritt led the attack with two rushing downs.

Reginald Fostor, who also intercepted a pass, Marcus Jackson, Marcus Coleman and Jerome Lawrence all scampered across the goal-line as well.

Lawrence added two more scores in the air, as he connected on passes to wide outs Brandon Alfrod and Deangelo Orum in route to a big road victory.

The Eagle offense scored on every possession until their last in the first half.

They also threw in some trickery on their opponents, kicking a successful on-sides kick after they had made it 13-0, which they then turned into points off a Jackson touchdown, helping to lead the way to a 36-0 Eagle half time lead.

The Second half was much the same as the offense added another 14 points and the defense forced another turnover, however, the Squadron did finally get their way onto the board off a touchdown pass and run to put up 12 points on the board.

“We have to continue the intensity that we have had in practice and get ready for Zion Chapel,” Jackson said after the game when talking about avoiding a letdown in the team’s last two games before the playoffs.

Also not looking ahead, Synder said of his team in the playoffs, that he feels they have a lot of confidence and has been very pleased with the work ethic in practice, however they have to continue to work hard especially his players that are coming off the bench.

Goshen will be back at home next Friday, when it plays host to Zion Chapel.

With the win, the Eagles claimed the No. 2 spot in the region and a first round home playoff game.