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Playoff implications: Goshen hosts Lanett this Friday

Posted 2:23 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12, 2022

This Friday night, the Goshen Eagles (5-3, 2-3) host the Lanett Panthers (3-5, 2-3) in a Class 2A, Region 3 game with big playoff implications.

Reeltown and Highland Home have both clinched playoff spots in Region 3 and are in contention for the regional title, while Luverne is in charge of the No. 3 seed. Goshen, LaFayette and Lanett are all battling for fourth. and last place in the playoffs, with each team having just two regional games remaining, making each a must-watch.

Goshen already holds a victory over LaFayette, with Lanett on the schedule this week, the Eagles now hold their playoff destiny in their own hands. By winning this week and next week against Horseshoe Bend, Goshen leaves no room for doubt.

Lanett is a former Class 1A powerhouse, having won the 2019 Class 1A State Championship, but also topped Class 2A. Not only did Lanett win the Class 2A state championship in 2017, before moving to 1A, but the Panthers have won 20 games over the past two seasons and made long playoffs in 2020 and 2021, as part of of region 4.

This season, however, has had its ups and downs for the Panthers. Lanett holds an out-of-region win over Class 1A Notasulga and out-of-region losses to Class 5A Valley and Class 4A Handley. In regional play, Lanett dominated LaFayette and Horseshoe Bend but fell to Highland Home, Luverne and Reeltown. Those three losses just happen to be the same three regional teams the Eagles fell to. In fact, Lanett and Goshen lost to Luverne on late Luverne touchdowns.

Goshen enters this week with a pair of running backs hitting on all cylinders as Szemerick Andrews and Jamari McClure eclipsed 100 rushing yards last week. During the season, McClure had 888 yards and 13 touchdowns on 88 carries, while Andrews had 669 yards and eight touchdowns on 72 carries. McClure also had nine catches for 211 yards and six touchdowns through the air and Andrews was a defensive mainstay with 45 tackles, five tackles for loss, a sack and an interception return for a touchdown.

Quarterback Peyton Stamey completed 23 of 57 pass attempts for 658 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions, while Tyler McLendon is his favorite target with 14 catches for 452 yards and five touchdowns.

Defensively, Galloway leads the Eagle defense with 45 tackles, eight tackles for loss, one sack and three interceptions. Galloway also had a knack for finding the end zone. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns in addition to earning a touchdown hold and rushing on offense. Leon Cowart also has 33 tackles, seven tackles for loss and two sacks on defense.

Friday’s game will only be the third time these two schools have played and the first since 2007. Lanett is 2-0 against the Eagles with Lanett winning 42-14 in 2007 and 28-14 in 2006.

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