Goshen battles Luverne for region’s top spot

Published 5:55 pm Wednesday, October 2, 2019

First place will be on the line Friday night when the Goshen Eagles travel east to Luverne’s Glenn Daniel Stadium to take on the undefeated Tigers.

There are still three teams undefeated in region 3 heading into Friday night. Along with Highland Home, the Tigers and Eagles are in a three-way tie for first place.

At least one team will drop off after Friday night.

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“They know what’s at stake, but we want them to understand that – yeah there is a lot on the line – but win or lose, it’s just a game,” said Goshen coach Bart Snyder. “If we win it, we can take it the wrong way. If we lose it, we can take it the wrong way. We have to go out there and do what we are supposed to do and get better.”

The Eagles are off to an undefeated start this season and come into Friday night’s game off a convincing 55-8 win over Georgiana.

“They were ready to play,” Snyder said. “The coaches did a good job of getting them ready to play. Our guys showed up and were very physical. We played a good sound game of football.”

Friday night’s game marked the third time this season that the Eagle defense held their opponents to under 10 points.

“What I was proud of was seeing how the defense played as well as well as our special teams on kickoffs,” Snyder said. “I am very pleased with the effort.”

The Eagles had eight different players run the football last week, led by Bryan Galloway who rushed for 50 yards. Four different receivers caught a pass for the Eagles, led by RaQuan Martin who caught two passes for 60 yards. Having multiple weapons on offense is something that Snyder and the Eagles strive for.

“It’s good when you’re doing that because it’s a team sport,” Snyder said. “You want to have a total team involvement and we preach that on a regular basis.”

The Tigers also come into the game undefeated and they are currently ranked number two in the state. They are coming off a 47-14 win over rival Brantley last Friday night.

The 14 points surrendered last Friday night were the first points allowed by the Tigers since week two.

The Tigers will be playing in front of a passionate fan base at Glenn Daniel Stadium, one that reminds Snyder of the fans at Goshen.

“It’s always a great atmosphere” Snyder said. “The majority of their kids are in walking distance of the school, therefore their parents and others can get to the stadium and watch the ballgame. It’s going to be a great atmosphere for some high school football.”

The Eagles fell to the Tigers last season 42-13.