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Tony’s Pigskin Pick Week 2 at Chagrin Falls

Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
August 30, 2018
Tony Lange

Kenston at Chagrin Falls

In what’s been one of the best rivalries in Northeast Ohio football, the Division III Kenston Bombers (1-0) will hit the road to take on the Division IV Chagrin Falls Tigers (0-1) in a battle of Old Route 422 at 7 p.m. Friday at C.S. Harris Stadium.

The visiting Bomber gridders are coming off a 44-14 spanking of Streetsboro in a game junior quarterback Jon Tomcufcik, 180 yards passing, and junior running back Jack Porter, 133 yards rushing, got back in business for their second season as varsity starters, while junior receiver Jay Middleton was the new kid in town with three catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, Kenston surrendered 148 yards rushing and 129 yards passing, but they buckled down to stop Streetsboro from moving the sticks on nine of 11 third-down plays. Not to mention, Kenston had zero turnovers and 46 penalty yards to the Rockets’ 102 penalty yards

Chagrin Falls, meanwhile, is coming off a 43-0 loss against a Division VI Kirtland team that could probably run the table in a highly competitive conference like the Western Reserve. That said, neither the Bombers nor Tigers should pay any attention to that score for this week’s rivalry game.

In his first varsity start, Chagrin Falls senior quarterback Sean Cusack was eight-of-15 passing for 86 yards, with sophomore Xavier Perez as his favorite target on five receptions for 35 yards, while all-Ohio senior Mick Lawrence had 10 carries for 67 yards.

Defensively, the Tigers surrendered 385 yards, 314 of which were rushing against the Hornets’ powerful ground attack.

In 60 previous meetings between Kenston and Chagrin Falls, the Tigers hold a 33-27 series advantage, but the Bombers were victorious last season, 32-24.

TONY’S TAKE: Kenston wins, 34-21.