Eagles face rival Zion Chapel

Published 3:00 am Friday, September 30, 2016

The Goshen Eagles look to move up in the region when they host the Zion Chapel Rebels today.

“Getting a win is great, but getting a conference win is even better,” said Eagles head coach Bart Snyder. “If we can pull this off, it gives us an opportunity to at least be in the playoffs.”

The Eagles (4-1, 2-1) bounced back last week and defeated Houston Academy 20-7 after falling to Elba the week prior.

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The win didn’t come without its mistakes. The Eagle offense collected 10 penalties for 50 yards and had six negative plays for 47 yards.

“We did some things that helped us remember what it’s like when you don’t pay attention,” Eagles head coach Bart Snyder said. “I hope our minds will be a little more focused on what we are supposed to do.”

Zach Alford, Damion Passmore, Daquan Foster and Cory Peterson have made an impact with the running game.

“It is very fortunate to have at this level the ability to rotate four or five different running backs,” Snyder said. “It’s good to have those guys in position to where they are confident and can go and rotate at anytime.”

This week the Eagles host a Rebel team coming off their second win of the season.

“You have to be focused,” Snyder said. “I tell them over and over, you can’t look past somebody just because of their record. I hope we saw that last week with Houston Academy. They are coming in here intending to win, and they can do it.”

The Rebels are lead by head coach Bubba Nall, who is in his first year.

“He is positive and a good motivator,” Nall said. “That is very evident in the numbers they have out there and the amount of people you see in the stands. They do a really good job making sure their kids are positive and their expectations are to win.”

The Eagles have won 20 out of the 26 matchups between the two teams. Kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m. today in Goshen.