Eagles struggle against Wicksburg and G.W. Long

Published 3:00 am Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Goshen Eagles struggled defensively and along with the Elba Tigers they fell to the Wicksburg and G.W. Long 21-6 Friday night in the Elba Jamboree.

The Eagles and Tigers teamed up Friday night and each team played two quarters of offense and two quarters of defense.

“We knew we had a lot of things we needed to do to get better,” said Eagles head coach Bart Snyder. “We hope we can get it adjusted. We have some young guys that are going to have to step up and play … I think the kids will get there.”

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On the defensive side of the ball the Eagles gave up three touchdowns.

“We gave up two to Wicksburg, but they are a good team,” Snyder said. “They have eight returners on offense, and it showed. They were very disciplined and they moved the ball well against both of us. It was just us that let up the points.”

The Eagles were going up an offense that had a lot of size and experience.

“At times we looked good, we just didn’t do good against Wicksburg,” Snyder said. “We just didn’t do the things that we needed to do to stop them. They were very big on the offensive line, and they were really experienced at running back and quarterback.”

The Eagles scored one touchdown on Friday night when Addison Hand caught an 8-yard touchdown pass against G.W. Long.

“We had some dropped passes, and we had some missed opportunities that would have put points on the board,” Snyder said. “Overall there is a puzzle that we have to fix. It’s going to take us getting out there and continuing to work.”

The Eagles will officially kick off the season next week when they welcome Arition at 7 p.m. Friday night at Eagles Stadium.

“We are going to continue to work on us,” Snyder said. “We have to sort out what we do wrong and get that fixed and get people to step in and fill their roles. We have receptive to coaching and learning the game.”