GOSHEN — Kyle Park assessed his first game as Goshen High School football head coach Friday and saw where his Redskins need to improve most: Consistency.
Goshen had a hard time sustaining momentum in a 40-7 loss to Carroll, a game that featured 16 penalties flagged against the home team.
"We're not good enough to have negative plays," said Park. "We had too many penalties. We had several dropped passes. We gave up a little bit too much pressure.
"It's a consistency thing. We'll get better with that over time."
The Chargers got in the end zone on just the second play from scrimmage — a 50-yard run by tailback Blake Schumacher.
"Our biggest concern as coaches going into this ball game was how are we going to react if things didn't go well right off the bat and we got to find out," said Park. "I didn't see any quit in the kids' eyes."
After Carroll quarterback Cody Dinan threw the first of his four touchdown passes — a 17-yarder to Tyler Kissinger — the Redskins got on the scoreboard for the first time in 2014 thanks to a 75-yard TD run near the end of the first quarter by Cam Kline.
Another 17-yard scoring strike from Dinan to Kissinger allowed the Chargers to take a 21-7 lead to halftime.
"We felt we were still in the ballgame as bad as we were playing," said Park of his outlook at that point in the contest. "But we just couldn't stay consistent."
Despite giving up 378 total yards, Goshen's defense showed flashes of excellence.
The Redskins had an interception by Alec Lehr, passes broken up by Oliver Nafziger and tackles-for-loss by Jordan Holley among others.
"Defensively, we showed some sign of progress," said Park. "But give credit to Carroll. Their tempo did wear us down a little bit. I'm not sure our guys were ready for it."
On offense, Goshen got 96 yards rushing from Kline but could not sustain too many drives.
"Our offense is not built for third-and-longs and second-and-longs," said Park. "One of our goals is four yards on first down and stay in front of the chain. We didn't do that. We took two steps forward and one step back.
"But it's something we'll get better at."
CARROLL 40, GOSHEN 7
Scoring by Quarters
Carroll 14 7 3 16 — 40
Goshen 7 0 0 0 — 7
School — Scoring Play
C — Nick Parker 50 pass from Cody Dinan; Eric Lauer kick, 11:20.
C — Tyler Kissinger 17 pass from Dinan; Lauer kick, 5:19.
G — Cam Kline 75 run; J.T. Plavchak kick, 4:18.
C — Kissinger 17 pass from Dinan; Lauer kick, 11:52.
C — Lauer 32 field goal, 4:48.
C — Lauer 32 field goal, 10:59.
Officials: Jerry Parker, Thomas Schutte, Scott Campbell, Mike Simone, Jeffrey Weaver.
Team Statistics Ca Go
Net yards rushing 234 139
Net yards passing 144 37
Total Yards 378 176
First Downs 26 7
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties 8-60 16-112
Carroll: Rushing — Blake Schumacher 18-159, Dylan Conner 11-30. Passing — Cody Dinan 7-15-144 (1 int.). Receiving — Tyler Kissinger 4-52, Nick Parker 1-50.
Goshen: Rushing — Cam Kline 18-96, Jeffrey Stoll 10-47. Passing — Derek DeMeyer 3-19-33, C.J. Detweiler 1-14. Receiving — Colton Potter 1-18, Brandon Scott 1-9.
Interception: Goshen — Alec Lehr.