Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
September 6, 2018
Kenston at West Geauga
The Division III Kenston Bombers (2-0) aim to remain unbeaten, while the Division IV West Geauga Wolverines (1-1) seek a bounce-back victory when the former league foes clash in a Geauga County showdown at 7 p.m. Friday at Howell Field in Chester.
In 62 meetings, Kenston holds a 38-23-1 series advantage against West Geauga, including a 42-7 butt-kicking last year.
Most recently, the Kenston gridders are coming off a 41-14 walloping of Chagrin Falls in a game that the Bombers used their size, experience and depth to lean on and wear down the Tigers with a relentless attack of 468 yards on 66 plays.
Other than a couple early tosses where he underthrew receivers, Bomber junior quarterback Jon Tomcufcik played a brilliant game with 265 yards on 13-of-18 passing, with two drops in the mix, to four receivers who all offer different poisons for opposing defenses. And Tomcufcik’s read options with junior running back Jack Porter proved effective at both reading and selling the defense.
On the other side of the pigskin, the Bombers got beat early on the edge by Chagrin senior speedster Mick Lawrence, but they adjusted accordingly and held the Tigers to 189 yards of total offense.
Kenston’s main Achilles last week was 13 penalties for 101 yards, after only surrendering 46 yards on flags the previous week.
Meanwhile, West Geauga is coming off a 42-7 loss against Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin in a game that the Wolverines were intercepted five times, two of which the Lions returned for 74- and 32-yard touchdowns.
The Wolverines’ lone score came on a 59-yard reception by 6-foot-3 senior Justin Renner to open the game with a 7-0 lead. West Geauga 180-pound senior running back Michael Lyman finished the night with 15 carries for 80 yards.
Overall, NDCL outgained West Geauga, 360 yards to 234 yards, in large part to Lion senior quarterback Nick Gattozzi’s nine-of-12 passing for 203 yards.
While West Geauga struggled last Friday, the Wolverines did defeat Chardon, 20-19, one of Kenston’s Western Reserve Conference foes, in week one, which should be enough of a statement to get the Bombers’ attention.
TONY’S TAKE: Kenston wins, 35-27.