Published in the Chagrin Valley Times
August 23, 2018
Streetsboro at Kenston
The Division III Kenston gridders have won their season opener three consecutive years, and they no doubt should be the favorites to extend that streak when the Division IV Streetsboro Rockets come to town at 7 p.m. Friday at Bomber Stadium.
Coming off an 8-2 campaign under seventh-year head coach Jeff Grubich, the Kenston boys missed the playoffs by three-tenths of a point last season and return a wealth of talent on both sides of the pigskin.
Not only does 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior Jon Tomcufcik return at quarterback, after tossing 1,794 yards last season, the Bombers bring back first-team all-Ohio junior running back Jack Porter, second-team all-Ohio senior receiver Bransen Stanley and second-team all-Ohio offensive lineman Alex Robarge.
After averaging just shy of 400 yards per game last season, Kenston’s offense should be just as potent with seven veterans.
Defensively, the Bombers graduated standout defensive back Nick Dombrowski and lost senior lineman Sam Leygraaf to an ACL injury, but they are blessed with experience and multiple one-way specialists in every unit, notably 185-pound senior linebacker Matt Iklodi.
Streetsboro, meanwhile, is coming off a 4-6 campaign under first-year head coach Pete Thompson and should be an improved team this year with only eight graduates.
Returning Rockets with all-district accolades from last season are 6-foot, 225-pound junior defensive end Andrew Douglas and junior kicker Max Brace.
In 2017, Kenston defeated Streetsboro, 41-13.
TONY’S TAKE: Kenston wins, 35-21.