Storm watch: After week of poor weather, Eagles travel to take on Calhoun

Published 3:53 pm Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Goshen Eagles look to snap a three-game losing streak when they travel to take on Calhoun on Friday night.

Like many teams in the Wiregrass, the Goshen Eagles are trying to overcome the weather as they prepare for another pivotal region contest.

“We were able to practice yesterday (Tuesday),” said head coach Bart Snyder. “We are, of course, out of school. This year we have been prepared for it because it has pretty much been a wet season. You just have to learn to adjust.”

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While not being able to practice, Snyder and the Eagles have been able to watch more video and hit the gym to prepare for Friday night’s contest.

“We are able to get in the film room more and get into the gym,” Snyder said. “We’re doing things that hopefully help us develop and get better.”

Last week, the Eagles hosted the No 2 team in the state in Luverne. The Eagles stayed close through much of the game, but more costly turnovers and mistakes led to a 42-13 loss at the hands of the Tigers.

“We’re still making some youthful mistakes,” Snyder said. “Luverne is a very good ball team and when you play a good ball team, the one thing you can’t do is have turnovers and make costly mistakes. That’s what we did. The great thing about it is our kids never really quit. They continued to grind, continued to work and when they do that, it’s going to happen at some point. If we can make the playoffs, I feel like we can make a good run like we did last year.”

Staying close before faltering late has been a common theme for the Eagles going back to their season-opening loss to Ariton.

“We’re in the games,” Snyder said. “Going back to the Ariton game, it was turnovers. We were there, we just couldn’t get it to click. Moving to the New Brockton game, we just made a few mental mistakes, but it went down to the wire. Georgiana is a good football team, but again we had the mental mistakes and turnovers that didn’t allow us to have the outcome that we wanted.”

Calhoun comes into Friday’s game with an 0-6 record on the season. They are being outscored 336-6, with their only points coming in their week five loss to Zion Chapel. Despite those numbers, Snyder believes the Tigers are an improved team since the beginning of the season.

“If we go out and play and do the things we are supposed to do, we should be able to win a ball game,” Snyder said. “Calhoun is very much improved. Our staff has watched their games and they keep getting better and better. Where they started out earlier to where they are now is totally different.”

The Eagles won last year’s meeting with the Tigers 51-0 at home. This year’s game will get started at 7 p.m. at Samuel Bruce Stadium in Letohatchee.