Jeremy McGoldrick packed a full night of production into a part-time performance on Friday.
Castle coach Nelson Maeda said McGoldrick missed practices due to illness during the week and the junior receiver/defensive back didn’t start against Waipahu on Friday. Maeda said the illness left McGoldrick “fatigued” and the coaching staff limited his playing time to the second and fourth quarters.
In that time, McGoldrick caught four passes from quarterback Wille Ewaliko, three going for touchdowns. McGoldrick finished the game with 102 yards and snagged an interception on defense in the Knights’ 35-32 win over Waipahu.
On his first drive of the game, McGoldrick ran down a 35-yard touchdown pass from Ewaliko in the second quarter to give Castle its first lead of the game. After Waipahu moved ahead 19-14 with 37 seconds before halftime, Ewaliko delivered a pass to McGoldrick on a wide receiver screen. McGoldrick burst through the middle of the defense then broke for a 55-yard touchdown that pushed Castle ahead going into halftime.
With Castle up by two in the fourth quarter, Ewaliko looked McGoldrick’s way again on fourth-and-seven from the Waipahu 11. McGoldrick went high to grab the fade from Ewaliko for Castle’s final score of the night and Waipahu’s comeback fell short.
Through four games, McGoldrick has 24 receptions for 462 yards and 10 touchdowns. A week after being held to two catches for six yards in a loss to Waianae, McGoldrick broke the century mark in receiving yards for the third time this season and pushed his average to 115.5 per game.
Ewaliko shook off three interceptions to throw for four scores and Castle (2-2, 2-1 OIA Red) managed to outlast the Marauders (1-2, 1-2). Ewaliko has 12 touchdowns against seven interceptions going into Castle’s home finale against Leilehua on Sept. 4
McGoldrick’s second quarter interception was among four takeaways for a Castle defense that made the stops needed to preserve the lead.