KCHS grad Goldsborough is a winner in 1st start as a college QB

WESTMINSTER — If Saturday’s collegiate football game between Rowan University and host McDaniel College is any indication, quarterback Thomas Goldsborough appears poised to shed the “itinerant” label.

The outstanding male athlete in his Kent County High School Class of 2021, Goldsborough’s journey has taken him to Long Island, New York, New Haven, Connecticut and now Glassboro, New Jersey — three stops in as many years.

It looks like his traveling days may be over after Goldsborough threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start, leading Rowan to a 49-28 victory.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Goldsborough completed 11 of 16 passes, including a 97-yard scoring strike to junior wide receiver Kevin Degnan in the 28-point second quarter.

Degnan finished with 116 yards on just two catches.

Rowan improved to 1-1, after dropping its season opener Aug. 31 at home against Stevenson, 20-17.

On Saturday, Rowan engineered a 6-minute, 11-play, 75-yard opening drive that culminated with freshman Nunes Bukula IV running it in from the 2 for the first score.

McDaniel (0-2) marched 80 yards to deadlock at 7-7 with 3 minutes, 56 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

The Profs regained the lead for good with only 53 seconds elapsed in the second quarter to start a run of 28 unanswered points.

They needed just two plays to score as Goldsborough connected with junior wide receiver Isaac Jean-Baptiste (three catches, 52 yards) for a 38-yard touchdown.

Rowan got the ball back just four plays later when linebacker Cody Young intercepted Eric Grinwiss and returned the pick to the McDaniel 40.

After penalties for an illegal block and pass interference gave Rowan first-and-goal at the McDaniel 10, Goldsborough hooked up with Corey Gordon on a fade to the right side of the end zone for the touchdown and a 21-7 Rowan lead with 11:06 remaining in the half.

The Profs went 43 yards on the next drive, helped by a 19-yard Goldsborough completion to Degnan and three straight rushes by freshman Tyshawn Bookman (16 carries, 50 yards), who ended the drive with a 3-yard touchdown.

The lead swelled to 35-7 after Degnan scored on a 97-yard pass play with about four and a half minutes to go in the half.

McDaniel scored the only touchdown of the third quarter and the first touchdown of the fourth to close to 35-22 with 14:10 to play.

Rowan built the lead back up as Bukula (13 carries, 53 yards) scored on an 8-yard run with 7:21 remaining. Rowan started on its own 48 after McDaniel turned the ball over on downs, unable to convert on fourth-and 6 at midfield.

On McDaniel’s next possession, junior Nick Cerulli returned an interception 47 yards for his first career touchdown and junior Connor Batten’s point-after kick was good to put the game out of reach, 44-22, with just under six and a half minutes to play.

The Green Terror scored a meaningless touchdown with just 15 seconds remaining to cap an eight-play, 71-yard drive.

They had 424 yards of total offense and scored on all four red-zone possessions, but committed five turnovers.

Next up for Rowan is a “Saturday Night Lights” game at home Sept. 16 against Ursinus. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.

NOTES: In their season opener, the Profs led 10-0 with 2:25 to play in the opening quarter and 17-14 at intermission, but were kept off the board after halftime.
Stevenson (1-1) broke a 17-17 tie with the only score of the fourth quarter, a 30-yard field goal with 10:58 to play.

Goldsborough entered the game with 5:54 remaining in the third quarter. He completed his first three passes and rushed for 10 yards on the series, but the drive ultimately stalled on fourth-and-5 at the Stevenson 38.

He finished 3-of-6 for 21 yards and an interception.

For those of you who don’t know, or have forgotten, at Kent County High School, Goldsborough played junior varsity basketball as a freshman, ran track as a sophomore and was considering playing lacrosse as a junior when the spring season was wiped out due to the COVID pandemic.

He lettered all four years in football, and won the starting quarterback job as a sophomore.

As a senior in 2020-21, when the shortened seven-game football season was played in March and April, Goldsborough was the Bayside Conference Offensive Player of the Year for Class 1A schools.

He threw for 1,608 yards and 18 touchdowns while being intercepted only five times. He also rushed for 745 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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