Eagles clash with Squadron on Homecoming

Published 3:00 am Thursday, October 15, 2015

The magic number of wins to make the playoffs is four and the Goshen Eagles sit with two wins in the region with two region games remaining on their schedule.

The Eagles (2-5, 2-3) playoff hopes survived last week after the Eagles defeated Central Hayneville 40-0. The Eagles will have to take that same mentality into this week’s game.

“Coming off a win, practice has been a little bit better,” said head coach Bart Snyder said. “We are battling Highland Home on homecoming week. We are understanding the importance of dedication that comes from the game side of it, instead of the other stuff that goes along with homecoming.”

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Homecoming could be a possible distraction to team trying to battle for a playoff spot. Snyder does not think it will be a problem for his players.

“Our guys have been real understanding at knowing what our part in it is,” Snyder said. “Their role in the homecoming week does not involve the floats or anything else. “

The win last week didn’t just keep the Eagle’s season alive; it also gives them momentum heading into the game against the Flying Squadron.

“It was a big game for us,” Snyder said. “Central was a good football team. It’s good to know that with how sloppy we played in the first half that we can come back out in the second half and play a really physical ball game. Our guys have carried that over into this week and have had a very good week of practice.”

Highland Home (3-4, 3-2) is seeking its fourth win to advance to the playoffs.

“We are very similar to Highland Home,” Snyder said. “They are breaking in a new head coach. They are a real good football team. They, like us, just haven’t been getting the breaks.”

One thing that has been hit or miss all season long for the Eagle has been their offense. The Eagles enter their game against the Squadron averaging 38 points in their two wins while only averaging 4.4 points per game in their five losses.

Last week The Eagles put up 40 points in their win against Central Hayneville and the Eagles want to do something similar this week.

“All we want is one more point than Highland Home,” Snyder said. “We feel like they are very sound defensively. We feel like we match up with them and we feel like the team that makes the fewest mistakes will come out on top.”

The Eagles and Flying Squadron will kick things off at 7 p.m. at Eagles Stadium in Goshen.