By DAVID VANTRESS
THE GOSHEN NEWS
Two teams seeking their first win of the 2013 season will clash this Friday night at Foreman Field when Goshen and Elkhart Memorial hook up in the NLC opener for both squads.
There are other similarities for both teams besides their identical 0-2 records.
Both teams have struggled on offense so far in 2013: Memorial has just seven points, while Goshen has just 14.
The two teams played the lowest possible of low-scoring games last year at Rice Field in Elkhart last season, with Goshen prevailing, 2-0 on a late safety.
Goshen is coming off a 42-14 loss to Elkhart Central last week, while Memorial suffered a 38-7 defeat at Concord.
Both games were affected by the severe weather that buffeted the area last Friday night; both games suffered significant delays.
But the Redskins have moved on from the disappointment of last week’s game and are ready to take the field and get their first win of 2013.
Goshen coach Mike Cheviron said the contest against Memorial is a winnable one for his team.
Cheviron said he saw some positives from his team.
Junior quarterback Derek DeMeyer did not throw any interceptions, completing 8-of-18 passes for 68 yards.
Goshen also had 172 rushing yards, with John Trenshaw amassing 100 yards on just 10 carries.
Trenshaw deflected much of the credit to his offensive line. “Those guys opened some big holes for me.”
Trenshaw also had praise for DeMeyer’s play. “Derek is really stepping up and becoming a leader,” Trenshaw said.
The Redskins moved the ball well at times, but again found drives short-circuited by miscues.
“We’re improving in that area, but we still need to keep getting better,” Cheviron said.
“We need to score early and often.”
Areas of improvement Cheviron identified for this week included defense, specifically tackling.
But Cheviron said he feels good about where his team is heading into Friday night’s game.
“I felt better last week than in Week 1, and I feel better this week than last week,” Cheviron said.
A good week of practice so far has Cheviron feeling positive.
The series between the two schools has been pretty even over the past 15 years, with Memorial holding a razor-thin 8-7 edge.
Kickoff at Foreman Field is slated for 7:30 p.m.