Eagles shutout Central Hayneville on homecoming

Published 11:17 pm Friday, October 19, 2018

The Eagles hosted the Central Hayneville Lions for homecoming on Friday night. The Eagles gave everybody a reason to celebrate when they knocked off the Lions 41-0.

The win for the Eagles improves their record on the season to 4-4 overall and 4-2 within Region 3.

The win gives the Eagles their second win in a row after they lost the previous three.

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“It was nice to have,” said head coach Bart Snyder. “We came out and played much better ball than we did last week. Overall a great team effort. There are still a lot of things that we need to work on.”

The Eagles kicked off to begin the game. Four plays later they took a 6-0 lead. After holding the Lions to a three and out in the opening drive, Dakarai Pelton picked up a blocked punt by Tamarcus Shipman and returned it for a touchdown. The Eagles missed their extra point attempt.

In their first true offensive drive of the game, the Eagles increased their lead when Caleb Dawson took a Bryan Galloway handoff 31 yards for a score. Galloway punched in the two-point conversion to bring the score to 14-0 with just over 7:00 remaining in the first quarter.

The Goshen Eagles broke the game wide open at the 3:05 mark of the opening quarter when Dawson score his second touchdown of the game, this time from 24 yards out to put the Eagles up 21-0.

Offensive lineman Will Little earned a carry early in the second quarter and rumbled his way for a five-yard touchdown. After a missed extra point, the Eagles upped their lead to 27 points with 10:12 remaining in the half.

“That was great,” Snyder said. “That is something we have worked on.”

Dawson capped off a seven-play drive when he scored his third touchdown of the half from 19 yards out to give the Eagles a 34-0 with 4:56 remaining in the first half.

The score would remain 34-0 heading into the half. The Eagle defense held the Lions to just three plays of over 10 yards during the first half.

The halftime break didn’t slow down Caleb Dawson. The senior rushed for his fourth touchdown of the game when he took a Galloway handoff 22 yards for a touchdown to bring the game to 41-0 after a successful field goal. The touchdown came after the Eagle defense forced their second straight turnover.

Dawson finished the game with 159 yards on eight carries to go along with his four touchdowns. JaMarco Harris added 42 yards on five carries.

Sanford caught four of Galloway’s five completions for four 42 yards. Galloway finished the night completing five of his 12 passes for 74 yards.

Dawson led the Eagles in tackles with eight, while JaKamron Rumph had six.

The Eagles will be back in action next Friday night when they take on Highland Home beginning at 7 p.m.

“I see a lot of progress,” Snyder said. “That is something we have to have coming into the next couple of games. Hopefully we make the playoffs and we can do some great things.”