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Q&A With The Coach

Head GCHS Football Coach Nick Goshe previews this week's game against Crystal Lake Central and breaks down last week’s win over Johnsburg.

PREVIEW

Patch.com:

Is the game this week the one that decides who will win the Fox Division conference championship?

Coach Goshe:

I don’t think so. We both still have to play Grayslake North who is undefeated in conference and having a really good season. Conference games are always important. You have to win them if you want to be the champs. If you lose games in conference then you are going to be depending on other people to win it for you.

Crystal Lake Central has some tough kids everywhere. You can tell it’s a wrestling school. People forget that their freshman and sophomore squads have been undefeated for the last 3-4 years. There is just talent oozing out of that school and they are well coached. They are not going to make mistakes.

They are definitely going to be the best team we will have faced this year. Their attitude, effort and toughness are solid like ours. We have a different skill set than they do. They are more brute strength whereas we have a little bit more skill and finesse.

Patch.com:

 

Defensively, what does the team have to do to slow down running back Gage Harrah?

Coach Goshe:

You’re right about slowing him down because no one stops him. We need to tackle him with a group of kids; you can’t tackle him by yourself. You have to have guys move to the ball. You have to wrap him up, hold on and know that help is coming. They are big on both sides of the line.

Patch.com:

 

Will they pass the ball much?

Coach Goshe:

They will show 4-wideout sets and their quarterback can throw the ball. But that’s not what they want to do. They want to run behind that big line and ram the ball down your throat. They want to bludgeon you and say we’re more physical than you are and we’re tougher than you are.

Patch.com:

 

Will it be important to put a big rush on the quarterback?

Coach Goshe:

Not really. We play team defense and everyone has a role. Our guys need to stay within their roles and the model we have established. When someone goes after the quarterback, that’s when we tend to get hurt. For us it’s more about staying within the team concept and understanding what the offense is trying to do to us. They are going to run straight at us. We need to stay within what we do, keep things in front of us, rally to the ball and force them to drive 80 yards for a score.

Patch.com:

 

So you will be making lots of adjustments during the game?

Coach Goshe:

Yes. This will be big-time chess match. It was last year. All of us coaches are going to have a good game.

Patch.com:

 

Do you think special teams will play a big role in this game?

Coach Goshe:

They always do. In a big game like this, your offenses and defenses tend to cancel each other out. So your turnovers, your special teams and penalties become the deciding factors in the game.

 

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Patch.com:

Did the team perform as well as you expected them to do against Johnsburg?

Coach Goshe:

Yes. We wanted to come out and take care of business. We preach that a lot – respect your opponent and take care of business. We felt like the kids did that. They executed right from the onset. We did struggle a little bit defensively. We weren’t totally ready at first and Coach Cat was not pleased with that. Then again we have to give credit to Johnsburg because they have some really big guys on the line and they do have some playmakers.

Patch.com:

Are you surprised at how well your defense is doing so far this season as far as keeping teams out of the end zone?

Coach Goshe:

No. It’s part of the growing expectations for our guys. Coach Cat is a really, really good defensive coordinator. He values everyone around him and his assistants are all on the same page as him. There’s no "me" mentality with the defense. Coach Cat brings an "us" mentality to the table. The big family style atmosphere and what’s best for the team. That’s one of those things that makes a good defense great. We are really coming together nicely. Coach Cat gets a lot of credit for that because he’s one of those family-oriented Italians and the kids feed off of that.

 

Patch.com:

Your defense is among the top three in Lake County in fewest points allowed.

Coach Goshe:

Yes, but remember our defensive starters have only given up 21 points in the first four games and the other 12 points were when we gave playing time to the JV and sophomores on the team. You could argue that our defensive starters have yet to give up an important point.

Patch.com:

How do you think your offensive line is doing?

Coach Goshe:

We’re pretty balanced up front and they play as a unit. We don’t have a dominant offensive lineman to run behind so we have to be able to run balanced on both sides. We look at what the defense gives us. We are discovering the strengths of our guys. We know that Cameron Hosimer is a better drive blocker and Steven Moioffer is a better pull blocker. If the line is doing their job you shouldn’t even notice them.

EVENbiggerGRAYSLAKEfan September 30, 2011 at 12:56 PM
Grayslake Fan...thank you for commenting on your first article to talk smack about the coach. You have no idea if Goshe would have been 100% sure that Harrah would not be playing. You say you are a Grayslake Fan but all you have done is criticize the coaching staff and the writer. Mike Stiffler has been doing a phenomenal job covering the team all year and all you have done is sit back and tried to find the negatives in the article. If you think you can do better then how about you try and write for The Patch.
RamsFanGoesHam September 30, 2011 at 01:17 PM
I completely agree with the comment previous to mine. If you are a "real" Ram fan you would have pride in your coach and instead of trying to find slip ups or mistakes you would just be happy the team is 5-0. Coach was trying to do his job to the best of his ability and prepare to coach a team who has a star running back. If he doesn't play and they prepare for him is it going to hurt them... no, but what if they ignore him and he does that will definitely be detrimental to the success of the Rams. In fact injuries are often create as a decoy, almost every week Bill Belichick uses this tactic to confuse coaches and create gameplanning issues. If you guys were at knowledgeable about the game you would know that gameplanning for everything that could happen on friday night is necessary and coach would not be doing his job if he didn"t. Also Mr. Stickler is a dedicated journalist for the Rams showing up for games that are very far away and providing positive press for them. If we want them to succeed public opinion will have to be positive about the team. Your negative comments will do nothing but create distrust. If you are a real ram fan you will be supportive.
greg September 30, 2011 at 01:44 PM
Grayslake Fan: how about you start drinkin the GCHS koolaid because Coach Goshe has taken this program a complete 180 and done a phenominal job with the culture that losing isnt acceptable. These kids mindsets have been reprogrammed not only mentally but physically. Look at them, they are multi sport athletes and have had success. That didnt happen on its own. These Coaches work well with the other sports Coaches and have respect for each other and preach the same philosophy. So either you hold on for the ride "cause this train is moving" or get off NOW and take your negativity to the other side of town.
HM September 30, 2011 at 01:55 PM
And let me add to this my two cents on Mr. Stickler and Coach Goshe... Mike Stickler works very hard to write about the best the Grayslake schools have to offer, from the elementary schools on up through the high schools. He is out there with our kids, teachers, coaches and administrators, all so he can share the good things going on in our own backyards. No one else is doing that. For those that criticize, get out there and submit your own articles if you think you can do better. As for Coach Goshe - I just have one comment. The year he arrived, the Rams did not not win a game, but they are now 5-0, and overflowing with pride in that. He has, along with the help of his coaching staff and some very dedicated parents, created a football program at GCHS. It is something that all the students can be excited about - have you seen the crowds at the games? Rather than pick apart everyone and everything, we need to look at the positives and support those boys who go out on that field every week, doing what they love to do. Support the coaches that are bringing out the very best in them. And be thankful that Mr. Stickler is there to write about it - if it were not for him, there would not be any buzz about the Rams athletic programs, or about the positive things going on in our schools.
GrayslakeFan September 30, 2011 at 03:28 PM
There's zero doubt I could do a better job being a former journalist of 15 years. But I would never write for a site that doesn't proofread or edit or fact check 90 percent of its work, not to mention this is the most angry, grumpy liberally-slanted site on Patch. Plus, I've heard the pay is awful. All I am saying is that the writer should have known this was going on if he truly was following the Fox Valley Conference as close as any true journalist who is constantly writing sports would have.
GrayslakeFan September 30, 2011 at 03:35 PM
I have great respect for the coach, just not writers that don't have a clue what's going on. And keep drinking that KoolAid. Every win Grayslake has had is against teams that are a combined 0-25 this season. How impressive! Hampshire, Johnsburg, Woodstock.....etc. They haven't even PLAYED a team with a SINGLE win this season and the year will be 2/3 over after tonight.
GrayslakeFan September 30, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Patch doesn't accept unsolicited articles, but nice try. By the way, there were several local newspapers that created quite a buzz about the Rams last spring, but I guess you weren't paying attention to the ridiculous amount of press, articles and columns Grayslake Central's girls basketball team had written about them, were you? I forget the guy's name, but there was one writer in particular that publicized more about Grayslake athletics in his articles than anyone I've ever seen around here in almost 30 years. I think he went to write for the Sun Times now or something I heard.
Brad Faxton September 30, 2011 at 03:52 PM
Ya all realize this is just High School football.
biggestgrayslakefan September 30, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Time for you to fact check GrayslakeFan.. Grayslake has beaten Grant who is currently 3-2. It really concerns me that someone so apparently knowledgable on the subject of Grayslake football does not even check their own stats before posting them... sound a little familiar?
Mike Stickler September 30, 2011 at 05:34 PM
To all of our Rams Fans - Thank you for posting your responses to the article. I can't tell you how good it feels to see the community get involved and support the hometown team. All credit to Goshe and his staff for making this happen and to Tom Kim the AD and a very supportive administration, a marvelous parent group, and simply amazing booster club. The kids of our community who attend all of the schools in Grayslake are the future and our shining hope for a brighter future in these days that try men's and women's souls. The doers of this world expose themselves to the slings and arrows of the do nothings who sit back and criticize. But at least the doers act and strive for success. The coaches and athletes at Central and North are doers who actively engage in the attempt to accomplish something positive and often times have to contend with the gravitational pull of past failures and disappointments. Kudos to the Rams, the Knights and all of our kids who fight the good fight and their coaches who teach them about life through sports and the right way to do things both big and small. And I'm a believer yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeaaaaaaaaahhhh!
Jason Flannigan September 30, 2011 at 05:40 PM
How classy to call your readers "do-nothings!" Seriously, what a low-class comment by the author of this comment to take such a cheap shot at people. Do your bosses know you talk this way about readers? I will make sure your editor and regional manager/editor know you called your readers "do-nothings." Unreal.
Jason Flannigan September 30, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Umm biggestgrayslakefan, sorry, but Grant didn't have a win when they played them, so his point is technically valid. The Rams haven't played a team while they had a win this year, because Grant hadn't won a game yet either when they played.
greg September 30, 2011 at 06:14 PM
To jason Flanigan- Did Mr. Stickler strike a nerve with you??? if the shoe fits???
biggestgrayslakefan September 30, 2011 at 06:48 PM
ummm john flannagan Grant still has 3 wins now so the teams Grayslake have played a combined 3-22 record. Not necessarily impressive but maybe HIS facts should be checked before he criticizes others facts.
biggestgrayslakefan September 30, 2011 at 06:49 PM
Jason*
HM September 30, 2011 at 06:53 PM
Umm, Jason, hate to split hairs, but Grant was Grayslake Central's second game, and Grant beat Johnsburg in their first game. Sooooo....try again.
Jason Flannigan September 30, 2011 at 08:18 PM
So I made a mistake, big deal. Grant had one win. None of the other teams they played did. I was upset because the writer of this story insulted the readers, which any editor or boss will tell you is a huge no-no and can usually get someone fired. And my family spends a lot of money advertising with this site, so when I come on here and see a writer insulting people, I have every right to complain since I help pay his salary. Apparently all you angry fans haven't leanred anything from the Bartman incident with the Cubs. Your seemingly invincible 5-0 team's fans shouldn't be throwing stones in glass houses when you haven't played ANYONE yet. Heck, Grant was the only team you faced that even has a win! And Grant almost lost to Wauconda if it weren't for a miraculous comeback, and Wauconda couldn't even beat Round Lake!
HM October 01, 2011 at 04:56 AM
Oh - and Jason - by the way - We "angry fans" are celebrating our "seemingly invincible" team's 6-0 record tonight. I'm sure you will find a way to diminish that win too. But we believe in these boys and these coaches, and will continue to celebrate them, win or lose, regardless of (and in spite of) the nay-sayers.
KnowYourFacts October 01, 2011 at 05:01 AM
Jason Flannigan and Grayslake Fan, your ignorance bothers me. Round Lake currently has one win, Grant had three before this week, and now has four. So before this week, the records of the teams we have played was 4-21 not 0-25. Please get your facts straight. Also, of course Coach Goshe knew Gage Harrah was hurt, but what would happen if for some reason he played and the team was unprepared because Goshe assumed he wouldn't play? The Rams played unbelievable tonight. Their defense was unreal. The only reason CLC even scored was because of a turnover by the offense. And if you dare do say CLC isn't even good because of their current 3-3 record, look at who they've played. Prairie Ridge (6-0 and probably the best team in the state for 6A), Crystal Lake South (another quality Valley opponent), and the 6-0 Grayslake Central Rams. CLC will probably win out the rest of their games and go 6-3. Grayslake Central is for real, so before you attack the team and the coaches by saying is "kind of scary" that the coaches are unprepared when really you are the one who looks dumb, because to me, it seems like that tactic of preparing for Gage to play worked out pretty well tonight. You think you know so much Grayslake Fan, but before you start coming at everyone recklessly, how about you do a "fact-check" as well. Jason Flannigan, back off. When Grayslake wins the Fox Valley Conference, come back and tell everyone how bad we are.
Ron Garbett October 01, 2011 at 07:19 AM
SIMPLE FACT: GRAYSLAKE RAMS ARE 6-0 WE BEAT PROBABLY THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN OUR SIDE OF THE FOX VALLEY: SIMPLE FACT: I AND I SAY AGAIN I BELIEVE THAT WE JUST SAW 2 OF THE BEST DEFENSES ON OUR SIDE OF THE FOX VALLEY CONFERENCE SIMPLE FACT: WHETHER OR NOT YOU LIKE COACH GOSHE AND HIS STAFF YOU HAVE TO RESPECT THEM FOR CHANGING THE CULTURE OF FOOTBALL AT THIS HIGH SCHOOL. THE WORK THESE BOYS HAVE PUT IN IS AMAZING EARLY MORNING WORKOUTS-OFFSEASON CONDITIONING-JUNE CAMPS - JULY 7-7 WABASH CAMP- END OF JULY CAMP- 2 A DAY CAMPS AND STILL DOING THE EXTRA THINGS TO BE BETTER.
Ron Garbett October 01, 2011 at 07:20 AM
JUST LOOK AT THE JUNIOR CLASS STEPPING UP! KOOLAIDE HECK YEAH I DRINK THE KOOLAIDE BOTH GREEN-BLACK AND WHITE-NOW FOR THOSE WHO HAVE A BEEF WITH MIKE STICKLER LETS JUST SAY "I DO NOT SEE ANYONE ELSE GIVING GOOD PUB TO THIS GROUP OF FOOTBALL PLAYERS" IF THIS WAS ANY OTHER TEAM IN THE FOX VALLEY THERE WOULD BE MULTIPLE WRITE UPS IN THE PAPER- BUT AS YOU SEE VERY FEW- YES WE PLAYED SOME WEAKER OPPONENTS- YES CLC WAS OUR HARDEST OPPONENT TO DATE- BUT STILL A WIN IS A WIN WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE STANDINGS WHERE DO YOU SEE US-AT THE TOP- HOW WE GOT THERE DOES NOT MAKE A BIT OF DIFFERENCE- GIVE THESE BOYS SOME PROPS AND QUIT ARGUING ABOUT WHAT WAS WRITTEN IN A Q& A ARTICLE . PETTY SIMPLY PETTY- YOU CAN THROW FACTS AROUND ALLDAY TO SUPPORT YOUR VIEWS.
Ron Garbett October 01, 2011 at 07:20 AM
LETS AGREE ON ONE DYNAMIC THING GCHS RAMS ARE 6-0 PERIOD- OH AND MIKE STICKLER WHETHER YOU PROOF READ OR NOT WE KNOW EVERY WORD COMES FROM THE HEART WHETHER IT IS TYPED CORRECTLY OR IS GRAMMATICALY CORRECT. I LOVE READING YOUR STUFF IT MAKES ME SMILE. TO ALL THE SENIORS I LOVE THE INTENSITY THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS ANOTHER ENJOYABLE SEASON
Ron Garbett October 01, 2011 at 07:21 AM
RAMS DEFENSE ESPECIALLY. SINCE I HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO COACH SOME OF YOU IT MAKES ME VERY HAPPY TO SEE YOU BOYS SUCCEED( YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE) COACH WHIT WOULD BE VERY PROUD OF YOU BOYS!!!!!
Ron Garbett October 01, 2011 at 07:21 AM
AND FINALLY TO KEVIN REYNOLDS ONE OF THE FINEST OFFENSIVE LINEMAN I HAVE EVER COACHED WHEN I SAW YOU ON THAT FIELD TONIGHT I COULD NOT HELP BUT GO BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FRESHMAN YEAR AND REMEMBER WHEN YOU TOLD ME YOU WANTED TO QUIT AND I SAID YOU ARE SPECIAL YOU HAVE SOMETHING AND I TOLD YOU TO GIVE IT YOUR BEST AND YOU WOULD GO TO COLLEGE AND PLAY, YOU DID AND BY SOME WEIRD CIRCUMSTANCE YOU GOT SICK AND NOW EVERY STEP YOU TAKE IS ANOTHER STEP THAT I SEE YOU BEING A LEADER- SHOWING THAT NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU IN LIFE YOU MUST KEEP FIGHTING AND EACH DAY BRINGS NEW THINGS INTO YOUR LIFE. I AM JUST SO PROUD TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO COACH YOU AND THE MANY OTHER BOYS I SAW OUT THERE ON THAT FIELD TONIGHT
Ron Garbett October 01, 2011 at 07:22 AM
THANK YOU RAMS FOOTBALL PLAYERS-COACHES-PARENTS-BOOSTER CLUB AND FOOTBALL FAMILY(TOUCHDOWN CLUB) WITHOUT YOU DEDICATED PEOPLE WE WOULD BE NOTHING. GO RAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ron Garbett October 01, 2011 at 07:33 AM
THANK YOU MIKE MCGRAW FOR A WELL WRITTEN ARTICLE ON THE DAILY HERALD WEBSITE0 I JUST READ IT. THANKS FOR THE GOOD PUB!!!!!
Ron Garbett October 01, 2011 at 07:55 AM
THANK YOU MRS BABCOCK-MCGRAW FOR A GOOD ARTICLE ON JOEY V. ALSO THANKS TO MAUREEN LYNCH FOR YOUR ARTICLE FOR MCHENRY SPORTS.COM
Goramsgo11 October 01, 2011 at 11:47 AM
Agreed Ron. Maureen Lynch did a great job as always, as did Patricia Babcock-McGraw and Mike McGraw for the Daily Herald and Tim Froehlig for the News-Sun and Sun-Times for also mentioning it was the school's best start since the mid 1960s. That's a great group of reporters there who have all been good to Grayslake's teams. And thanks to Mike Stickler who I'm sure will have a story out tomorrow too.
SteveAnderson1247 October 01, 2011 at 12:22 PM
Just read them all. Good job Maureen, Tim, Patricia and Mike. Thank you all for coming out to cover the Rams' great start.
Ed Brown October 02, 2011 at 11:49 PM
I second that Ron. Daily Herald touts to be the neighborhood paper, but if the school is not 8a or 7a level they rarely have a story and they never rank. Patch get's into your neighborhood. Some of these comments remind me of what the IHSA tells parents not to be they way the attack the little things. Be kind of fun to go to their jobs and pick on every detail they do wrong. But they are the do nothings for sure. Never lend a hand, never coached probably but plenty of complaining.

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