Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
October 2, 2014
Kenston hopes to keep the ball rolling, while Orange wants to get out of a shallow rut when the Chagrin Valley Conference foes collide on the gridiron at 7 p.m. Thursday in Pepper Pike.
The Division III Bombers (3-2, 2-0) are on a three-game win streak, most recently defeating Chagrin Falls, 38-10, in a game that they collected 324 passing yards, led by the poised decisions of junior quarterback Parker Gdula and acrobatic catches of senior receivers Jeremy Wyers and Jay Weemhoff.
Kenston’s offensive linemen Mike Kruger, Carmen Gianguzzo, Nick Lewis, Joe Zoretich and McKade Hatfield didn’t let their signal caller take a single sack.
Discipline wise, it’s back to the basics for the Bombers, who rendered 154 yards on 16 penalties and lost two fumbles last week.
Defensively, Kenston has only allowed 10 points in its last three games, with the Bombers’ front seven – only one of whom is a two-way player – creating all kind of havoc in their opponents’ backfields.
The Division IV Lions (3-2, 0-2), meanwhile, are taking their medicine from a pair of losses to formerly state-ranked Perry, 47-24, and most recently to Division III No. 4-ranked Aurora, 55-7.
Orange junior quarterback Stephen Borgman had an off week against the Greenmen, completing five of 20 passes for 52 yards, but he is no doubt a contender to earn all-conference recognition at the end of the season.
Defensively, Orange had no answer for long passing plays against Aurora and for Perry’s elusive ground game. Nonetheless, head coach Adam Bechlem said his Lions have been making strides on that side of the ball, despite the scores of the past couple weeks.
The last two meetings between Kenston and Orange have displayed offensive fireworks with the Bombers winning, 65-37, in 2012 and 70-48 in 2013.
TONY’S TAKE: Kenston extends its streak, 45-28.