Historic 2018 Gladiators season comes to conclusion
As QB Matt Giordano took a knee to let the final seconds of the game expire, the 2018 Gladiators knew that they had just made history. The 2018 team, which donned the nickname ‘Killenberger’s Kids,’ had accomplished what had not been done for 14 years: they beat Warwick to take home the Spirit Trophy. This was not the end of a historic season for the 2018 Gladiators, but it was the start of something big. Since day one there was a sense of the brotherhood that surrounded this team and everyone could feel the desire for this team to be different – to be great.
The season started just as Coach Killenberger and his players could have hoped, with a home win against Kingston 42-12. Following this positive start, the team went on to win their next two games handily beating two division rivals in Monticello and Saugerties before facing their first real test of the season against Minisink. This game came as a difficult test for the Gladiators, and they fell 34-19, but from this, they left a stronger, hungrier team. A bounce-back win against Wallkill proved this team was ready for the next step; they were ready to create history.
It could be felt in the air that night. Goshen had waited 14 years to reclaim the trophy and it was clear they weren’t going to leave without it. Killenberger led his team into battle, hungry, with a desire to win, and after four quarters of defensive dominance, the Gladiators left the field the new owners of the Spirit Trophy. This was a moment which will enshrine this team as one of the best programs Goshen has ever had. It did not end there; they went on to beat New Paltz 29-14 to secure Goshen’s first division title in two decades. This historic season will forever be remembered by these players and will hold a spot in Goshen’s history books. By Jack Loughran and Goshen Sports Media.
Meet the Gladiators
A first-year starter, Logan Mullane started on both ends of the ball at outside linebacker and wide receiver. Mullane came into this season having not played football since 5th grade, but he quickly established himself as a key part of this historic 2018 Gladiators team. This season, he collected 279 receiving yards which included his three receiving touchdowns, including his two against division rival Monticello. Mullane, not just a star on offense, also posted an impressive 38 tackles at linebacker. Looking past these personal accomplishments, Mullane says his best memory this season was beating Warwick and bringing the Spirit Trophy back home where it belonged. After a successful junior season, be on the lookout for Logan Mullane next year leading the Gladiators during his senior season. By Jack Loughran.
Matt is a two-year starting quarterback and had a breakout season in his Junior year. He threw for 2,518 yards and completed 27 touchdowns; on the ground, he had 309 yards and seven touchdowns leading his team to an impressive (6-2) record. Matt’s most memorable moment of this season was the team’s 14-7 win over Warwick, in which they took back the Spirit Trophy. He credits his team’s chemistry for the incredible improvement in offensive production and team play. Matt wants to try to build on this historic 2018 season in his senior year. By Trey Patel.
Position: Wide Receiver
In his second year as a varsity starter, Jack truly broke out this season with 640 receiving yards and six touchdowns as the team shifted towards a more pass-heavy offense. With his speed and agility, Jack could evade defenders on screen passes and outrun defensive backs on deep routes. His fondest memories this season came with the Spirit Trophy win over rival Warwick and his reception against Minisink Valley in which he carried four Warrior defenders on his back for extra yards leading to a first down. The offense took a step forward this year, and Jack was a huge part of that success. Looking ahead, Jack hopes to play football in college but is unsure about where he will continue his academic and athletic career. With his undeniable talent and well-mannered personality, there is no doubt Jack will continue to succeed on and off the field. By Tyler Smith.