PCHS grounds Eagles

Published 3:00 am Saturday, October 22, 2016

submittedPhoto/mike hensley The Pike County Bulldogs forced four Eagles turnovers in their 54-13 win over Goshen on Friday night.

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The Pike County Bulldogs forced four Eagles turnovers in their 54-13 win over Goshen on Friday night.

The Bulldogs forced three-second quarter turnovers and ran away with a 54-13 win over the Goshen Eagles on Friday.

The win gives Pike County an 8-1 record on the year.

“I am proud of the kids for how they played,” said Bulldogs head coach Fred Holland. “They had a good week of practice and it showed in the game. We sputtered a little in the first quarter, but overall I thought our kids came back and played extremely well.”

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With the loss the Eagles drop to 6-3 overall. The Eagles’ four turnovers, three of which came in the second quarter, proved to be the difference in the game.

“It’s a sad game and the last two games have been let downs for us,” said Eagles head coach Bart Snyder. “We come out playing good ball. We had a chance to put points on the board first and then we fizzle out.”

The first quarter showcased both team’s defenses with the teams combining for five punts.  The excitement picked up in the second quarter when the Bulldog offense finally broke through. Jahzarian Lampley scored on a four-yard run giving the Bulldogs the lead with 8:29 remaining in the half.

Then Bulldogs defense forced three turnovers in less than two minutes, all of which resulted in touchdowns. First, Juhmir Lampley picked off a Brock Snyder pass, setting up a Jahzarian Lampley 31-yard touchdown run. Wilson completed a pass to Juhmir Lampley to convert the two-point conversion to bring the score to 14-0.

The Eagles fumbled on the kickoff, setting up 19-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jayden Wilson to bring the score to 21-0 with 5:04 remaining in the half.

On their first play of the next drive, Snyder fumbled the snap turning the ball over to the Bulldogs on the 17 yard line. Tyrec Johnson carried for the score, and a failed PAT attempt gave the Bulldogs a 27-0 lead.

“We just had some mental breakdowns,” said Eagles head coach Bart Snyder. “We had some missed executions on some throwing and when you have fumbles back to back teams like Pike County are going to capitalize on those things.”

The quick scores quickly swung the momentum in Pike County’s direction.

“It was a big,” Holland said. “We play off momentum and it was a big turning point for us. We always try to capitalize on turnovers.”

The Eagles got on the board late in the second quarter when Snyder rushed from two yards out.

The Bulldogs started the second half with an onside kick recovery and after Dorian Starks hauled in a 25-yard catch, quarterback Wilson ran the ball into the end zone to stretch the Eagles to 34-6.

The Bulldogs running attack continued in the third quarter when Jahzarian Lampley scored his third touchdown from 16-yards out to give the Bulldogs a 41-6 lead with 4:23 remaining in the third.

After another three-and-out by the Bulldogs defense Dorian Starks scored on a 50-yard run with 1:50 remaining.

The Eagles closed out their scoring when Damion Passmore rushed the ball into the end zone from three yards out to bring the score to 54-13 with 1:06 remaining in the game.

Jahzarian Lampley led all rusher’s on the night with 102 yards and scored three touchdowns.

Eagle quarterback Brock Snyder finished 5-19 for 71 yards. Passmore lead the Eagles in rushing with 48 yards on 14 carries.

The Pike County Bulldogs will close out the regular season next week when they host G.W. Long at 7 p.m. Friday. Goshen will travel to play Brantley.