By Sean Lynch
Section 9 Football Insider Staff
GOSHEN — The chants for Goshen junior Matt Giordano became increasingly louder in the first half. He was floating passes over the middle at 20 yards a clip, making it look effortless on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The “Matty Ice” chants continued in the bleachers behind the Goshen sideline.
He finished the game going 14-of-22 with 281 yards and four touchdown passes in a 41-12 win.
“The team played great around me,” said Giordano. “Our wide receivers ran great routes and the defense made some big plays, it was a great all-around game today.”
The Gladiators scored 35 unanswered points after a 68-yard Mark Russell touchdown on Kingston’s opening possession.
“We had a lot of things clicking today,” Giordano said with a slight smile. He completed passes to six different receivers. Four Goshen receivers, Jordan Weaver, Jake Kunis, Dom Pasquini and Jack Shannon, caught touchdown passes for the Gladiators.
Despite the big victory, head coach Ed Killenberger is determined to work on some miscues that occurred throughout the game.
“It was a win, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” he said. “Our line has to do a better job blocking and we have to stay a little bit more patient on defense. Just the little things that have a big impact in competitive games.”
The Gladiators jumped offsides four times, something that made the Goshen coaching staff scream at the top of their lungs each time.
Aside from the offsides penalties, the Gladiator defense played well. They forced four turnovers and were led by senior defensive end Jared Weaver, who had three sacks and two forced fumbles.
Kingston junior quarterback Chapman Parker completed eight passes for 115 yards, including a touchdown pass to Jackson Parker.
“We played a good game today but with more practice and a few tweaks, we’re capable of playing a great game,” said Killenberger.
When the Gladiators play great games, Matt Giordano will have his name chanted even louder than it was today.
“It felt great to finally play a regular season game in front of our home crowd and I’m really excited about what the future for this season,” Giordano added.