Goshen cruises past Rebels in region opener

Published 11:51 pm Friday, September 7, 2018

The Goshen Eagles got in the win column when they knocked off region rival Zion Chapel 55-6 in Jack on Friday night.

The win for the Eagles brings them to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in region play, while the Rebels drop to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in region play.

“It felt great,” said head coach Bart Snyder. “The score shows a little different, but I tell you what coach (Randy) Bryant has done a tremendous job with Zion Chapel. Those guys are much improved and they play really hard. It was a very hard fought game”

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Caleb Dawson stole the show for the Eagles in the win by scoring a total of five touchdowns, including one on an interception return.

“Caleb did really good,” Snyder said. “Caleb is a senior and he knows that is what he has to do.”

Both offenses went on lengthy drives to begin the game, but only one was able to take advantage.

The Eagles embarked on a 10-play drive to begin the game and capped it off with a 34-yard completion to Makel Avery from quarterback Bryan Galloway.

The Rebels answered with an 11-play drive of their own on their first possession. The Rebels took it inside the Eagle 25, but the drive stalled when they couldn’t convert on fourth down.

Caleb Dawson and the Eagles took over and took it 60 yards for their second touchdown of the game. Dawson scored his first of two first half touchdowns to extend the Eagles lead to 14-0 after a successful two-point conversion.

The Rebels went on their second lengthy drive of the game, but it again stalled out inside Eagles territory on a failed fourth down attempt.

The Eagles again took advantage. Avery capped off a 7-play drive with a one-yard touchdown run. After another successful two-point conversion, the Eagles stretched the lead at 22-0.

The Eagles put the game out of reach in the final three minutes of the half, when Dawson scored his second touchdown of the half on a 19-yard run. Earlier in the drive, Dawson brought the Eagles out of the shadow of his own goalpost when he took a Galloway handoff 37 yards. 

After heading into the locker room at halftime trailing 30-0, The Rebels received the second half kick. Three plays later, Dawson picked off an Aaron Senn pass and returned it for his third touchdown of the game. With 10:19 remaining in the game, the Eagles held a 36-0 lead.

Dawson scored his final touchdown of the game on a 36-yard touchdown run, extending the Eagles lead to 42.

Dakari Pelton and DeShawn Brown scored the Eagles final two touchdowns from 32 and 17 yards out, bringing the score to 55-0.

The Rebels lone score came in the fourth quarter when Brockston Bragg got Zion Chapel on the board.

The Eagles will be back in action next Friday night when they host Samson. The Rebels will also be at home to host Luverne.