Eagles getting back to the basics for Calhoun
Published 3:00 am Thursday, September 17, 2015
Last week the Goshen Eagles scored their first points of the season. This week, they look to move into the win column when they travel to Calhoun.
Goshen (0-2 in region play and 0-3 overall) faces Calhoun (0-3) in a battle of winless teams Friday night.
“We have to continue to make ourselves better,” said Eagles coach Bart Snyder. “We have to stay focused on ourselves and cut out all the mistakes that we have made. Those things have beat us the last few weeks. We had opportunities we just haven’t capitalized on it. We got points on the board last week, but we have to get better.”
Snyder said mistakes have plagued the Eagles. “We are making too many mistakes on both sides of the ball. We start thinking too much. We have to keep working on ourselves and keep getting better.”
Snyder is preaching patience to the players, in an effort to help them relax and simply play ball. “
“They have to have fun,” Snyder said. “What usually happens in those situations, like interceptions or missed tackles, you try to overcompensate and that is something you can’t do. You can’t overcompensate. You have to be able to play your position and stay focused on what you are doing.”
The Eagles offense has been nearly non-existent over the first few weeks of the season. After getting shutout by both Pike County and Luverne, Goshen finally got on the board last Friday night. Even with the 15 points the Eagles still have been outscored 120-15 in the first three weeks.
“We are doing some things different and we feel like it will get us better,” Snyder said. “It has made practice a bit more fun for us as well.”
Although Calhoun is winless, Snyder believes they will provide some challenges for the young Eagles.
“They run the wishbone spread and wing offenses. They line up in many different ways. They are very athletic,” Snyder said. “Their lineman block really hard. They do a very good job for a team that has not won a ball game.”
The Eagles look to get into the win column when they kick things off Friday night at 7 p.m. at Samuel Bruce Stadium in Letohatchee.