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Dogs unleashed: Pike County knocks off Goshen

The Pike County Bulldogs scored 42 first quarter points on their way to a 48-0 win over the Goshen Eagles on Friday night.

The win for the Bulldogs improves their record on the season to 3-4 and it snaps a two-game losing streak that included a forfeit.

“I am extremely proud of our guys for playing so well,” Pike County head coach Fred Holland said. “We had a good week of practice, and our coaches did a good job of preparing them for the game. We did some of the things we wanted to do, but we still have a lot of things to work on. I am proud of the offense, defense and special teams and coaches for doing the things that we need to do to get ready for the game.”

The Eagles continued to get valuable experience for their young roster on Friday night.

“Our guys, I am very proud of them,” Goshen head coach Bart Snyder said. “We are young and we have some things that we have got to do and we have got to grow, and we have got to buy into the program. We are going to get there and we are going to be able to get some things changed so we can get a little bit better. We played okay, but my hat is off to Coach Fred Holland and his staff and a great job that they have done, and what a class act for him to come out and do the thing that they did tonight. It just shows you the type of caliber person that he and his staff are, and what he has taught his young men, in their discipline. My hat is off to them and I wish and pray that they go all the way and win state.”

The Bulldogs scored on all but one of their first half possessions on Friday night, while their defense held the Eagles to one first down in the opening half and two in the game. The Bulldogs offense finished with 309 yards.

The Bulldogs got their night going with two lengthy touchdown runs of 51 and 46 yards by Horanado Wheeler.

The Defense got involved in the scoring for the Bulldogs. Omarion Florence had an interception returned approximately 40 yards for a touchdown and the defense also forced a safety when Jaquavion Meadows hauled down a Goshen ball carrier.

The Bulldogs had four more rushing touchdowns in the first half including two by Zakevin Pennington and one by JhaNarius King and Markelis Hobdy.

The Pike County Bulldogs slowed the game down in the second half and continued to run the football.

Wheeler led all rushers with 106 yards on three carries to go along with his two touchdowns. Blake Saupe led the Eagles rushing attack with seven yards. Defensively, Will Snyder finished with six tackles to lead the Goshen defense. Saupe added five, while Sherrod Thomas and Cole Thomas had four.

The Bulldogs will travel to take on Childersburg next Friday night.

The Eagles will travel to take on Beulah.

“I don’t know anything about them. We are going to enjoy this game and after tomorrow we will start getting ready for Childersburg. We have never played them before that I am aware of. It is a big region game, and that region win will give us an opportunity to get in the playoffs.”

The Eagles will travel to take on Beulah.