Flomaton handles Goshen in second round rout

Published 12:22 am Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Goshen Eagles postseason came to an abrupt end Friday night at the hands of the visiting Flomaton Hurricanes, who defeated the Eagles 51-7 in the second round of the state playoffs.

The Eagles found themselves up against a relentless Canes defense that capitalized on several interceptions to deal almost as much damage as the offense.

Things turned south for the Eagles early, with Flomaton junior Neiko Robinson turning in four touchdowns in the first half, including a returned interception and a high catch from double coverage for a 53-yard score.

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“We spotted them 21 points right away,” Eagles head coach Bart Snyder said. “We fumbled on a drive and made mistakes I just couldn’t understand. We just couldn’t execute after that. A series like that will just break you.”

There were bright spots in the Goshen defense, most notably Delaney Allen, who brought in a sack for a loss that contributed to a fourth down turnover.

The Eagles offense struggled however, racking up only 59 rushing yards of offense compared to Flomaton’s 155, and quarterback Jerome Lawrence only managed a 3 for 10 pass completion rate that included three interceptions.

Things didn’t improve much in the second half, with Flomaton continuing to widen the deficit over the Eagles.

Flomaton quarterback Ryheem Dixon took the ball 65 yards on the ground on the opening play of the third quarter, and senior running back Dustin Postlewait intercepted the ball on the Eagle’s first possession.

The Eagles lone touchdown came from the hands of Lawrence, who dropped a bad snap and after recovering the ball took it 72 yards for the touchdown.

Yet even that small victory didn’t go unanswered, and Flomaton managed to return the following kickoff with a touchdown of their own to raise the score to the final 51-7.

The Eagles would only get within scoring position once more in the game, attempting a field goal from 45 yards out that landed short of the upright.

“I am proud of our guys tonight and how they acted,” Snyder said. “They are a class act. This wasn’t how we wanted to end it but I feel like we went far and we did overshoot.”

The loss ends the Eagle’s playoff run and their season, allowing Flomaton to advance to the third round where they will play Elba on Nov. 18 in the Hurricane’s home stadium.

The Eagles will graduate a few of their starting players this year, including quarterback Jerome Lawrence, but will return for the 2012 season with several returning frontrunners that includes four offensive linemen.

But for now, the Eagles have left the field of play and the playoff race continues.