Eagles hit the road

Published 6:19 pm Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Goshen Eagles lost their season opener against Ariton 29-6; since then, the Eagles are 2-0 and have outscored their last two opponents 73-6.

The Eagles (2-1, 2-0) hit the road to take on New Brockton this Friday night.

“We have a lot to work on,” said head coach Bart Snyder. “We are a work in progress, which could be a good thing because there is a lot of upside to where we are right now.”

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The Eagles knocked off Samson a week ago 18-6. Despite too many penalties, Snyder liked what he saw out of his team.

“We played really sound defensively,” Snyder said. “We had very few mistakes and we had a few more turnovers that were much needed.”

Since that opening day loss, the Eagles have looked much better according to Snyder. One reason why is their knack of forcing turnovers.

“We hope we can continue to do that,” Snyder said. “That is allowing us to build our identity on the offensive side of the ball.”

The offensive identity runs through first-year starter Bryan Galloway, who is taking over starting duties after former quarterback Brock Snyder graduated.

Galloway and the Eagles offense has averaged 26 points per game and 36 over the last two games.

“He has gotten better each week,” Snyder said. “He is gaining confidence each week. We as coaches have to find a system that best fits him. Bryan is going to be really good and he does a great job for us. As long as he keeps managing the ball game and we win, that’s what we want from him. Bryan is a great athlete.”

Galloway and the Eagles hit the road to take on a Gamecock team that has a tradition of winning despite starting this season with a 1-3 record. They are coming off a 46-12 win over Central Hayneville last Friday night.

“They’re very disciplined and very strong,” Snyder said. “They are a very big ball team. Traditionally, it’s like talking about Luverne, it’s like talking about Ariton or Brantley: whenever you have tradition, the expectation is there.”

The Gamecocks haven’t had the easiest of schedules to start the season. They opened up the season against Providence Christian on the road and then took on Brantley and Luverne, two teams with a combined record of 7-0.

“They have played some very tough opponents in the first several weeks,” Snyder said. “They are all ranked or have the potential to be ranked ball clubs. Rebuilding? Yes. Reloading? Probably more. We just hope we can go and make it a ball game.”

The Eagles won last year’s meeting 38-14 in Goshen.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Gamecock Stadium in New Brockton.