• Dr. Herpy

Weninger propels Kenston past West Geauga

In his last regular-season home game, Kenston’s Drew Weninger wanted to do everything he could to earn a win.

Even he likely didn’t think it would go so well.

The senior scored three touchdowns in three different ways and had one of the game’s biggest defensive plays in Kenston’s 38-24 win over West Geauga on Friday.

Weninger recovered a blocked punt for a score, ran into the end zone on a fake field goal and caught a 12-yard touchdown pass for the Bombers.

If there was ever a game to demonstrate the importance of defense and special teams, it was this one. Kenston blocked two punts, picked off two passes, recovered a fumble and made a key goal-line stand seconds before halftime.

“Any time you’re playing in your last home game, you want to go out on a good note,” Kenston coach Jeff Grubich said. “(Weninger) is a hard-working player for us, and he came up huge tonight in a lot of different ways.”

Having two of the three phases of the game clicking made up for a relatively nondescript offensive performance for the Bombers. Quarterback Parker Gdula completed 8 of 17 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. Pedro Velasco rushed 28 times for 134 yards (4.8 average) and a score.

Both teams came into the game with 6-2 records with a 4-1 mark in the CVC Chagrin Division. If Kenston wins at Aurora next week, it will clinch at least a share of the conference title.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this group,” Grubich said. “When we came into the season, the expectations were high, and we have a lot of great leaders.”

West Geauga quarterback Connor Krouse led the Wolverines down the field on a seven-play, 81-yard drive that ended with a Abdul Levy TD run. Krouse had two rushes of over 30 yards on the drive.

When West G’s next drive stalled, Kenston put pressure on the punt and got the first of two blocks for the evening. Weninger picked up the ball and tumbled into the end zone to tie the game at 7.

“I knew (the blocker) wasn’t going to touch me, but I didn’t think I would be fast enough to get there,” Weninger said. “We ran it in practice, and I never got there a single time. When the game came, and I was 3 feet away, it surprised me.”

Late in the second quarter, the Wolverines set up for a 19-yard field goal, but Weninger — as the holder — took the snap and ran around the right side to give his team a 24-7 lead.

Weninger also had a key stop on the Wolverines’ last drive of the half, keeping Krouse out of the end zone on a fourth-and-goal attempt from the 1-yard line with under 15 seconds remaining.

“It means a ton to me, because it’s my senior year, and I’ll never get to come out here and do it again,” Weninger said. “I didn’t play very well in our first five games. I wanted to go out and give 100 percent on senior night.”

Krouse was 12-of-23 for 206 yards and rushed for 176 yards and a score. Levy finished with 76 yards.

West Geauga started the second half with a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown by Mike Koller.
The Wolverines will try to snap a two-game losing skid next week at Beachwood.