Tempers flare up in Goshen’s loss to Highland Home

Published 11:01 pm Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Goshen Eagles matched up with the Highland Home Flying Squadron in a pivotal region showdown on Thursday night.

The Eagles fell behind 27-0 before scoring 14 unanswered points heading into the fourth quarter. A late Highland Home touchdown sealed a 35-21 win for the Flying Squadron.

With Highland Home leading 27-0 in the second half, tempers begin to flare. A fight broke out between both teams, stopping the game for several minutes. At the end of the interruption a total of seven players were ejected, including five from Goshen.

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“I want to apologize to Goshen High School and the Pike County school system for how my kids acted tonight,” Eagle head coach Bart Snyder said. “That is not how Goshen has been taught. I am disappointed in the behavior of some of our kids. That is what we are going to work on and eliminate. This is not Goshen. This is not Highland Home either. Both schools are better than this.”

Goshen’s touchdowns were scored by Bryan Galloway, Tamarcus Shipmon and Dakarai Pelton.

The game, which was originally scheduled for Friday night, was originally an opportunity for the Eagles to play for a region championship. But, just prior to the game, the Alabama High School Athletic Association announced that Highland Home had broken eligibility rules forcing them to forfeit six of their wins, including five region wins. A win over Highland Home and a loss by Luverne against Samson would have given Goshen the region championship. A Goshen win paired with a Luverne win would have forced a three-way tie.
Instead, because Highland Home had to forfeit their win against the Tigers, Luverne’s record improved to 8-0 overall and 6-0 in region play, giving them the region championship.
The Tigers knocked off Samson 47-14 on Thursday night.

The Eagles will close out the regular season next Friday night against Brantley.
“We have to get ourselves ready this week and do the things we have been taught to do,” Snyder said. “We’ll get more people ready.”