Published in The News-Herald
September 13, 2013
In one respect, Brush quarterback Stephen Shorts was happy his team’s nonconference game against visiting Kenston on Thursday was suspended because of bad weather.
“I still have homework to do tonight,” Shorts said.
The weather wrecked havoc on the area Thursday night, so many teams were forced to hit the bricks, and for the student-athletes such as Shorts, hit the books.
“We felt like we would be lucky to start back up and 10:30, 11 o’clock and on a school night, you just can’t do that,” said Kenston coach Jeff Grubich.
From Home Page As for the game, the Arcs hold a 22-15 lead. The game is scheduled to be resumed Friday at 4:30 at Korb Field. The sight of lightning forced the game to be suspended for at least 30 minutes, per Ohio High School Athletic Association rules. When heavy rain and winds followed shortly after, the game was called with 9 minutes, 59 seconds remaining in fourth quarter.
“We’ll deal with the change, and come out and finish the game,” said Brush coach Josh Wells. “It is nice to have the lead. Now we have to get a couple stops, run the clock and run the ball.”
Kenston started fast, scoring the game’s first 11 points on a 37-yard field goal by Brendan Burkholder and a 3-yard touchdown run by Darryl McCluney Jr. early in the second quarter.
The Arcs were dominating time of possession up to that point until the Bombers forced a three-and-out and drove 75 yards in 10 plays to paydirt when QB Parker Gdula found Pedro Velasco in the flat for a 9-yard scoring pass.
Kenston took the lead following a Brush interception in just four plays as Gdula and Velasco hooked up again, this time for a 36-yard TD pass.
The lead held to halftime, but in the third quarter Brush stepped up the intensity on defense and held the Bombers on three straight possessions.
A second Burkholder field goal — this one from 30 yards — chipped at the lead and made it 15-14 Kenston. Just before the delay, the Arcs snuck in a tough 76-yard drive in 10 plays that was capped by Davari Gill’s 15-yard TD run. A McCluney Jr. run on a two-point conversion made it 22-15 with just under 10 minutes to play.
“Getting the lead was huge for us,” said Shorts (12 rushes, 65 yards). “We feel it gives us a boost, and we’re going to come out with the momentum.”
On Friday, Brush will look to add to its impressive rushing totals. In addition to Shorts’ 65 yards, McCluney Jr. has 122 yards on 19 carries and Gill 87 yards on eight carries.
For Kenston, Gdula is 8-for-14 passing for 148 yards, two TDs and an interception. But Grubich said he needs more from his team on Friday.
“We’ve made too many mistakes,” the Kenston coach said. “That’s the bottom line. Now we have to trust what we’re doing, give great effort and see what happens. We’ve had plays out there and we just haven’t executed.”