WALLKILL - Wallkill got off to an early lead and then waded through a uninspired second half to beat visiting Goshen, 19-7, in a Class A contest Thursday night.
The Panthers scored on the game's opening drive. Seth Ewald's 40-yard pass to Matt Ortiz put the ball at the Gladiator 20. Two plays later Ewald hit Zach Henke with a 20-yard TD pass. Zach McDonald's PAT made it 7-0.
Later in the quarter MarcMazza returned a punt 57 yards to give wallkill a 13-0 lead. The PAT was blocked.
Goshen struck right back when James Disapio returned a punt 53 yards for a TD. Joe Bradley's kick made it 13-7 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter Mazza scored his second tD, this one coming on a 50-yard pass and run from Ewald. The kick failed. The 19-7 halftime score stayed that way for the duration.
"It was an ugly second half," said Wallkill coach Dave Der Cola. "There were a lot of penalties andwe missed a lot of tackles. Overall, though, our defense played fairly well."
Linebacker Pau Alvear had 12 tackles while DE Matt Ortiz had a sack as did lineman Mark Christiana.
Ewald completed six-of-16 passes for 165 yards and two TDs with one interception. Henke had two catches for 28 ards.
Alvear led the rushing game with 54 yards on seven carries. A.J. Calvo was five-for-46 and Mazza six-for-25.
The Panthers boosted their Class A record to 2-1 (2-2 overall) and will play at FDR next Friday as Goshen (0-2, 0-4) plays at Cornwall.