Goshen trying for upset at Luverne

Published 9:48 pm Thursday, September 4, 2014

Goshen head coach Bart Snyder loves the Alabama Crimson Tide. He remembers watching the Tide roll to the SEC Championship in 1999.

Friday night in Luverne Snyder will undertake the task of trying to outthink and outplay the coach of ‘99 SEC champs, Mike Dubose.

Snyder remembers the first time he ever met Dubose, like it was yesterday. What was meant to be a quick film swap, turned out to be a long conversation. So long in fact, that supper was served in the field house.

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“I remember that there was Hardee’s hamburgers there,” Snyder said. “I walked in just to trade films, but he treated me like I was a member of his own staff. He gave me a chair and one of those hamburgers and we talked for a while. Coach Dubose is a class act, and fantastic football coach.”

Dubose guided Luverne to an 11-2 record in 2013, and possess one of the top quarterbacks in the state, Kenterius Womack.

Womack is a dual threat quarterback that can burn defenses with his arm or his legs. The pass-happy Luverne offense is not usual for small 2A program, and Snyder feels it presents a big challenge for his Eagles.

“We saw some of the best athletes in the state last week against Pike County,” said Snyder. “That receiving corps is one of the best in the state, but they don’t through in 30 or 35 times a game; Luverne will. When a team puts the ball in the air that much, you have to be on your game every snap. You can’t have a mental lapse or the other team’s band is going to be playing.”

Luverne leads the all-time series 21-3, and Goshen hasn’t downed the Tigers since 2000.

The Eagles haven’t won inside the confines of Luverne’s Glenn Daniel Stadium since 1986. Luverne has lost just six home games since the end of the 2008 season.

With the tight sidelines, and bleachers right on top of the benches Snyder says Glenn Daniel Stadium is a very hostile environment.

“For us to go in to Luverne and come out with a win, would be huge,” Snyder said. “We are still learning and getting better, but a win over there would give our kids a lot of confidence. It is going to be loud and physical. A win, and 1-0 start in the region, would be enormous for our kids.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Luverne.