Goshen, Zion Chapel prepare for games outside the region – The Troy Messenger

Goshen, Zion Chapel prepare for out-of-region games

Posted 12:10 pm Thursday, September 22, 2022

Both the Goshen Eagles (3-2) and Zion Chapel Rebels (1-3) are back home this week for action out of the region.

Goshen is coming off his 60-28 route over LaFayette on the road last week and will face the Class 1A Kinston Bulldogs (1-3) this Friday at home. Kinston won his first game of the season over Samson, but the Bulldogs have lost three in a row since then, including a 53-6 loss to Brantley last week.

Goshen running back Jamari McClure was nearly unstoppable against LaFayette last week. The senior had 196 rushing yards and three touchdowns on just 10 carries, while he also caught three passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns. In all, McClure compiled 354 all-purpose yards and five total touchdowns on the night. He also had an interception on defense.

Goshen quarterback Peyton Stamey was 6-of-9 for 183 yards and three touchdowns against LaFayette and Tyler McLendon caught two passes for 71 yards, while Andrew Galloway caught a touchdown pass and also returned an interception for touch downs

This is the first time Goshen and Kinston have met on the grid since 2005 and the two schools have only played twice total. Kinston won the first matchup, a 40-6 victory in 2004, while Goshen won the 2005 game by a score of 7-0.

Kinston is allowing 32 points per game this season, while Goshen is averaging 36 points per game offensively.

The Rebels are coming off a tough 35-0 loss to Ariton last week after earning their first win of the season the week before. This week, Zion Chapel hosts the Class 1A Pleasant Home Eagles (2-2), who are coming off a 50-20 loss to Florala a week ago. Pleasant Home also has wins over AL Johnson and McKenize this season and also lost to Red Level.

Last week, sophomore Micah Fuller rushed for 91 yards on 15 carries against Ariton and Layton Grantham had two tackles and a sack on defense. Zion Chapel, who is dealing with a series of injuries, has totaled just 173 yards through the air so far this season but is averaging 144 yards per game on the ground. Freshman Brayden Benbow leads Zion Chapel on defense with 40 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack.

Zion Chapel has dominated the series with Pleasant Home, dating back to 2000. The Rebels have won the last five games in a row against the Eagles, including a 39-24 victory last season. In fact, Zion Chapel has outscored Pleasant Home 100-38 in the last three games combined.

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