BRADENTON - Despite thumping Bishop McLaughlin by three touchdowns last season, Bradenton Christian expected a physical contest Friday.
But the Panthers were bigger, stronger and more athletic, and it showed in as the veteran-laden Panthers thrashed Bishop McLaughlin 39-0.
"Our offense dominated," said Bradenton Christian senior running back/ linebacker Colton Goodwin. "The offensive line was incredible. There was hardly anyone in the backfield."
If it wasn't Goodwin crashing through Hurricane defenders, it was running back R.J. Schooler zipping by the outstretched arms of Bishop McLaughlin's players.
If it wasn't Panthers defensive back Tucker Owens making hard hits at the line of scrimmage, it was one of the quarterbacks finding an open receiver.
Goodwin rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns on four carries, and Schooler led the Panthers on the ground with 13 carries for 93 yards and a score. He had three touchdown runs nullified by penalties. Schooler was playing in place of starting running back David Schopfer, who was out nursing a chest injury.
Bishop McLaughlin didn't complete a pass and rushed for 60 yards on 32 carries. The Panthers took a 25-point lead in the break, and put the game out of reach when Goodwin scored on an 18-yard run with seven minute left in the third quarter.
"We are a whole lot better than last year," Goodwin said. "We expected to win this game. Our defense shut them down."
Bradenton Christian 39 Bishop McLaughlin 0