Goshen gets set to play New Brockton in spring game

Published 2:09 pm Thursday, May 19, 2022

The Goshen Eagles will travel to New Brockton on Friday night for a spring showdown between the two schools.

The Goshen football team is coming off a rough past two seasons, winning just one game combined, but second-year coach Don Moore is excited about his 2022 squad.

“Practices have been going well. We’re excited about having the numbers we have out there,” Moore said. “We’ve added some new varsity players that weren’t (playing) previously and a lot of young guys are out there. It’s been going really well. It’s sort of an adjustment of them still learning us and us learning them and their abilities.”

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The main goal for the Eagles during the spring has been to learn to compete as Goshen implements a new “Wing-T” offense.

Goshen receiver Tyler McLendon (2) looks for running room as linebacker Christion Simmons (50) chases him down. (Photo by Josh Boutwell)

“We just want to see those guys out there competing, that’s one of our main goals,” Moore emphasized. “We’re putting in a new offensive system and we want to see who wants to go out there and compete and get better.

“They’re liking (the new offense). It’s something they haven’t ever done before and you can tell that but the good thing is a lot of them are young and really don’t have a big background of running any other offense either. It’s sort of like a clean slate for us to be able to introduce something new to them. We’re excited about it.”

Currently, senior Peyton Stamey and sophomore Jayden McNabb are competing at the quarterback position to see who will win the nod as the Eagle signal-caller heading into the fall.

Goshen will open up the 2022 season on Aug. 19 at home against Daleville before traveling to Zion Chapel on Aug. 26. Region play starts on Sept. 2 on the road against Highland Home and then the Eagles host Reeltown on Sept. 9 before traveling to Lafayette on Sept. 16. Goshen hosts Kinston for a non-region game on homecoming before hitting the road again to face Barbour County in region play. Goshen closes the season with two region home games with Luverne and Lanett before traveling to Horseshoe Bend for the final regular season game of the season.

Both Goshen and New Brockton are coming off tough seasons in 2021 but the Gamecocks provide a difficult task, as a Class 3A school, for Goshen in the spring game.

“The main thing is for us to go out there and compete and we want to see that competitive edge out of our guys,” Moore said. “They’re working really hard in the weight room and we want to see who wants to compete