For years, the Goleman football team has usually found itself on the bottom side of running-clock games, including last week’s lopsided opening loss to Western. But on Thursday night, the Gators got to see how much fun it is to be on the delivering end.
Thanks to a big night from quarterback John Correa and running back Kalonji Hill, the Gators routed Miami Springs 45-0 at Milander Stadium in the District 16-7A opener for both teams.
“After a poor week one performance last week, coming out here in week two and executing the way we did tonight, we played the kind of football we know we’re capable of playing,” said Goleman head coach Ariel Cribiera. “Our kids went out, they believe in what we do and it showed on the field. Very happy with the performance.”
Correa took the game’s opening play and bolted 55 yards for a score on a keeper and the Gators (1-1, 1-0) never looked back. Correa went on to score two more touchdowns and passed for one, while Hill finished his night with 96 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries, including a 70 yard-scoring run in the second quarter.
Midway through the third, Correa found Kawori Myers for a 25-yard touchdown pass to make it 37-0, which got the running clock started.
“We came out and hit them right in the mouth on that first play and that’s what you need to do to your opponent if you mean business,” Correa said. “My O-line got the job done tonight and now we want to keep things going.”
Goleman has just one postseason appearance (2004) in the 20-year history of the program but Cribiera was the beneficiary of Dade Christian shutting its football program down this year as four key players (two linebackers, two lineman) transferred over that could allow the Gators to challenge favorites Mater Academy and Doral for one of two playoff spots.
“This is my fourth year as head coach and every year we’ve improved and I think we’re definitely looking for one of our best seasons in school history,” said Cribiera. “We’re making a big push for the playoffs, it’s only happened one time in the history of this program and I think we might have a shot this season.”
It’s been a rough start for Miami Springs. The Golden Hawks (0-2, 0-1 ), who were shut out by Miami High in a kickoff classic, have scored just two points in three games.