Eagles host Geneva, searching for third straight win

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, September 26, 2013

Last Friday night, the Goshen Eagles hopped on the bus, put Calhoun in the review mirror and celebrated a come-from-behind 26-22 win over the Tigers.

The win was the second in row for the Eagles, and gave them some much needed momentum headed in to non-region play this week. The win in Calhoun was eerily reminiscent to one over the Tigers two years ago said Goshen head coach Bart Snyder.

“I don’t know what it is about that place over there,” Snyder said. “We always seem to get off to a slow start and not play our best. We had to scratch out a win over there two years ago, and did the same thing Friday. It is safe to say, I am happy we won’t be going back to Letohatchee anytime soon.”

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Goshen will welcome the Geneva Panthers in to the Eagles Nest Friday night, searching for its third straight win. Geneva, while just 1-3 early in the season, poses a tough test for the Eagles.

Geneva’s three losses came to Houston Academy, Barbour County and Daleville.

Those three teams are a combined 10-2 as the season nears the half-way point.

“They have a quarterback that is really good, a running back that is good and some big offensive linemen,” Snyder said. “Coach (Donnie) Chesteen has them looking like a ball team, and has them very disciplined. That 1-3 record can change in a hurry. We know that, because we did it last year.”

Goshen and Geneva have met just once previously, a 27-17 Panther win last year in Geneva.

Snyder said the Eagles practice with “short history,” and always stay focused on what is in front of them, and not in the past.

“We want to enjoy wins, learn from a loss and put it behind you,” Snyder said. “We need to make our memories very short. If we keep that in mind, stay focused on Goshen and limit mistakes, we can be a very good football team.

The Eagles and Panthers are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday night at the Eagles Nest.