Eagles looking for two

Published 3:00 am Friday, September 25, 2015

The Goshen Eagles (1-3, 1-2) are riding high after picking up their first win a week ago over Calhoun and hope to carry that momentum over to this week when they host Houston Academy.

The Eagles offense had been sputtering heading into last week’s game and had trouble keeping pace with quality opponents. After breaking out for 36 points a week ago, the Eagles ride into this week with more energy and most of all, confidence.

“Practice has been much better this week,” said Eagles head coach Bart Snyder. “Our guys always work so hard at everything they do to get better. That win for us on Friday night definitely add some excitement to what is going on. That is over with now, and we need to move on to play a very good Houston Academy team.”

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After losing by a combined score of 120-15 in the previous three weeks, Snyder and the Goshen coaching staff attacked practice from a different angle.

“We have been giving them different looks at certain things and for some of them giving them a chance to look at different positions,” Snyder said. “It gives us a look at what they will do during a ballgame. That excitement right there gives them a chance to have fun. If you don’t do that, you don’t have fun. So you need to find a way for them to have fun.”

Houston Academy enters this week’s game with a 3-1 record and sits in third place within the region standings.

“Their offensive and defensive lines are really good,” Snyder said. “Their quarterback (Robert Warner Blake) is very impressive. He is a left-hander that can throw the ball really well and makes good reads at the line of scrimmage. They are just a sound football team, as far as having weapons, that makes very few mistakes.”

The Eagles hope to start their climb up the region standings when they close out the first half of the season tonight when they kick things off at 7 p.m. at Eagles Stadium.

“Our road is in our hands,” Snyder said. “We have to take care of these games coming up. Houston Academy would be a big plus for us if we can win. We are getting ready for Elba, Central, Highland Home and Zion Chapel, which are all big ball games for us.”