Castle receiver Jeremy McGoldrick repeatedly tested the Kailua secondary on Friday night and threatened a school record in the process.
The speedy wideout — listed as a 5-foot-7, 140-pound quarterback/defensive back on the Knights’ 29-player roster — caught eight passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Willie Ewaliko in Castle’s 34-24 season-opening loss to Kailua at Alex Kane Stadium.
McGoldrick’s yardage total came up eight short of Shaydon Kehano’s school record set on Oct. 2, 2009 in a 39-21 win over Kailua.
McGoldrick, a junior, turned a screen pass into a 19-yard gain on Castle’s opening play from scrimmage and later got behind the secondary for three receptions of 30 yards or longer in the second most productive receiving night in the program’s history.
Ewaliko was Castle’s leading passer in the Knights’ final six games last season and established a career best with 290 yards on Friday. He completed 18 of 42 attempts with four touchdowns.
Ewaliko hit McGoldrick down the sideline for a 20-yard touchdown to open the scoring in the second quarter of the nonconference game. They connected again on a 33-yard post in the third quarter to cut Kailua’s lead to 14-12 with 6:23 left in the third quarter.
But Kailua pulled away with three unanswered touchdowns before Ewaliko finished his night with touchdown passes to Noah Figueroa and Kalani Scanlen.