Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
October 23, 2014
Kenston at West Geauga
Fans should expect a playoff atmosphere when the Kenston Bombers (6-2, 5-0) travel to take on the West Geauga Wolverines (4-4, 3-2) at 7 p.m. Friday in a Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division battle at Howell Field.
Based on computer-point rankings, both teams have to win their last two games – unless other teams in the region crumble – to have a shot at clinching a postseason berth in Division III, Region 7.
Kenston is currently in the eighth and final spot, trying to hold off Revere (5-3) and Howland (6-2), while West Geauga is in the 13th spot trying to catch Hoban (6-2) and Buchtel (4-4) this week.
“We’re going to be walking into a very hostile environment,” Kenston head coach Jeff Grubich said. “Our kids are aware of that, and they understand that playoff hopes are on the line for both teams. So it’s going to be a playoff atmosphere for the football game, and we expect West G to give us their best shot. So we have to work our tails off this week and make sure we’re prepared to take that shot.”
Kenston is currently on a six-game win streak with a hurry-up offense that has averaged 41 points a game during that stretch – taking whatever opposing defenses provide.
Defensively, the Bombers are holding teams to less than a touchdown a game during their win streak, motored by a physical front seven.
West Geauga, meanwhile, is coming off a 36-34 loss against Chagrin Falls – a team Kenston beat, 38-10, earlier in the season – during a game that the Wolverines were still without their starting sophomore quarterback Cameron Searight, who took a hard hit the previous week.
Offensively, junior receiver Carmen Engoglia stepped in and completed four of five passes for 108 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also ran the ball 25 times for 64 yards, while senior running back Abdul Levy had 20 carries for 153 yards.
Defensively, West Geauga couldn’t keep up with Chagrin’s trick plays, rendering 236 passing yards and 179 rushing yards.
In 2013, Kenston won 38-24.
TONY’S TAKE: Kenston pulls out the triumph, 28-20.