Goshen’s losing streak stretches to three games

Published 11:26 pm Friday, October 5, 2018

The Goshen Eagles hosted regional foe Luverne on Friday night with their eyes set on continuing a strong start to regional play. That was not to be, though, as the Tigers pulled away on the road, 42-13.

Punting was the biggest factor in the game’s first score, as Luverne quickly won field position by its second possession. The result was a 20 yard touchdown scamper by Satyler Wilson to put the Tigers up 7-0 early.

Poor special teams nearly cost the Eagles again on their second drive after a bad snap on a punt set Luverne up with prime real estate.

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The Tigers could not capitalize, missing a 37 yard field attempt.

Luverne made up for it though, taking a punt 55 yards to the house just four plays after the missed field goal to go up 14-0 with 17 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Goshen running back Caleb Dawson gave the Eagles a much needed shot in the arm on the last play of the quarter with a 41 yard run. Four consecutive incomplete passes later and the ball was back in Tiger hands.

Special teams finally went Goshen’s way after a Luverne drive stalled at midfield, Goshen blocked the punt and recovered at the Tiger 32 yard line.

Two plays later, Raquan Martin took a handoff 24 yards on his first touch of the game for a score. The touchdown cut Luverne’s lead to 14-7 midway through the second quarter.

The two team’s traded empty possessions until Goshen’s Dawson punched a wildcat dive into the endzone from a yard out. An unsportsmanlike penalty set up a long extra point that was missed, leaving the score at 14-13 with under a minute left in the half.

The half wasn’t over yet, however, as a long kick return by the Tigers and a 15 yard penalty set up a 17 yard screen pass for a touchdown to Edward Thomas. The extra point gave Luverne a 21-13 lead at halftime.

Goshen tallied 82 yards of offense with Dawson leading the way with 66 rushing yards. The Tigers also had 82 offensive yards with 56 coming on the ground.

It was a sloppy start to the second half for Goshen, fumbling on the first offensive play and allowing an 18-yard touchdown run two plays later to fall behind further 28-13.

The Tigers began pouring it on, scoring again near the end of the third quarter on a 29-yard touchdown pass to go up 35-13.

It continued into the fourth quarter with a long Tiger drive culminating in a 12-yard touchdown jaunt from Wilson.

It became a clock wasting game from that point as both teams stuck to the ground and ran out the clock.

Dawson finished with 67 rushing yards while Tamarcus Shipmon added 27 yards himself.

The Eagles allowed five sacks and had 10 penalties in their second regional loss of the season.

“We’ve got to continue to work on ourselves,” Goshen head coach Bart Snyder said following the game. “You can’t play great teams and make mistakes, we’re a better ball team than that.”

Goshen will go on the road next week to face Calhoun.