Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
August 27, 2015
Kenston at Amherst Steele
The Kenston football team will open its season on the road at 7 p.m. Friday, when the Division II Bombers travel to Lorain County to take on the Division II Amherst Steele Comets. The two programs are new opponents this year.
The Bombers are returning from an 8-3 campaign that ended with a 42-24 loss to Aurora in the first round of the playoffs. It was their program’s ninth postseason appearance overall and third straight under head coach Jeff Grubich.
Kenston’s hurry-up offense shouldn’t miss too many steps with third-year starting quarterback Parker Gdulam, as well as second-year starting tailback James Thigpen running behind three returning linemen, but an entirely new receiving corps cannot afford to be blinded by the Friday night lights.
Defensively, the Bombers will rely heavily on senior linebackers Zach Silbermann and Collin Kure, as well as senior cornerbacks Charlie Randall and Mikey Thigpen while the other seven guys acclimate to varsity football.
Amherst Steele, meanwhile, is coming off a 2-8 campaign under first-year head coach Bill Fishleigh, who is trying to turn the program around after four consecutive losing seasons. Overall, the Comets are 7-33 during that period and haven’t seen postseason action since 2008.
Although Steele’s offense struggled last season – averaging just 12 points per game – the Comets return senior quarterback Nick DeJesus, who completed 92 of 159 passes for 1,007 yards, five touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season.
And running back Cooper Cotterill, a 5-foot-10, 200-pounder, won’t be easy to take down. On defense, Cotterill also returns as one of the Comets’ top two tacklers, along with fellow linebacker Todd Hastings.
TONY’S TAKE: Kenston has an enjoyable bus ride home, 35-21.