Goodhue held off Pine Island to win its season-opener Thursday evening.
The Wildcats struck first on Malakye Parker’s 24-yard run with 4 minutes, 1 second remaining in the first quarter. Will Opsahl connected with Adam Poncelet for a 54-yard touchdown reception to go ahead 14-0 in the second.
A touchdown by the Panthers cut the lead to 14-7. Maddox O’Reilly and the Wildcats responded not long after to go up 20-7 on a 1-yard burst into the end zone. The Panthers added another third-quarter TD and no more as the Wildcat defense secured the victory.
Parker led the Panthers on the ground with 74 yards on 15 attempts. Opsahl ended the night 7-for-12 for 128 yards. His go-to target, Poncelet, caught four passes for 96 yards.
Goodhue (1-0) hosts Lewiston-Altura Friday, Sept. 10.
L-A 41, Z-M 0
Lewiston-Altura's offense began quickly, scoring 27 points in the first quarter. The Cougars couldn't recover as the Cardinals added two more touchdowns.
Cardinal Collin Bonow scored three times, scoring twice on the ground as the Cardinals rushed for 291 yards.
The Cougars were held to 158 yards of offense. Zane Angerman was 9-for-20 for 91 yards with an interception. Connor Preston caught five balls for 38 yards.
Z-M (0-1) hosts Pine Island Friday, Sept. 10.