Quarterback Harrison Story made the most of his first varsity start for Western as he completed 21 passes for 327 yards and accounted for six touchdowns as the Wildcats ran away from Goleman 45-7 at Milander Park.
“We preformed great, I was just following my reads and trusting the O-line to keep me in the pocket to make those throws,” Story said.
Goleman started the game by recovering an onside kick and later took a 7-6 lead. John Correa scored Goleman's lone touchdown on a 65-yard run.
Western responded with a 33-yard touchdown catch by Darius Maxwell. A nine-yard run by Keshaun Clarke and five-yard catch by Kijana Whyte put Western up 25-7 at halftime.
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In the third quarter, Story hit a short pass to Daniel Colon who took it 75 yards for a score. That touchdown was followed by an 18-yard pass to Whyte and Story scored his sixth touchdown on a four-yard run.
"I just did what the coaches told me to and my receivers came out and balled," Story said.
Goleman ran its single-wing offensive for most of the game. Quarterback Christopher Vidal only completed one of six passes as the Gators ran for 151 yards on 31 carries.
"We showed effort against a very good team," Goleman coach Ariel Cribeiro said. "Last year Sunset got blown out in Week 1then took the district. So we are not worried."
The Wildcats only issue was penalty yardage as they were flagged ten times for 105 yards and had a pair of touchdowns taken off the board.
“We'll need to look at the film and make corrections. Luckily for us we get to look at it from a point of victory,” coach Adam Ratkevich said.
Western (1-0) next faces McArthur; Goleman plays Miami Springs.