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Bombers Go Undefeated in Non-Conference, Looking to Repeat Success In WRC

By Anthony Alandt

The Kenston Bombers football squad went a perfect 3-0 in their non-conference games to start off the 2018 campaign. The Bombers beat Streetsboro at home to kick off the year before defeating Chagrin Falls and West Geauga away from Kenston’s home turf. All three games thus far have been handily won by Kenston, as they outscored their opponents 122-28 in the three affairs.

The starting quarterback, junior Jon Tomcufcik, has commanded the offensive side of the ball for the Bombers. He has thrown for 651 passing yards, rushed for two touchdowns and produced a 5-0 touchdown to interception ratio.

Tomcufcik is willing to throw the ball frequently because three of his wide receivers have over 100 receiving yards, with senior Branson Stanley already accruing over 200 receiving yards. Freshman slot receiver Ryan Miller is averaging 14.1 yards per reception.

Head coach Jeff Grubich has also properly established the running game behind second-year starting running back Jack Porter.

“The offense has been able to run the ball, and that helps set the tempo of the game,” according to Coach Grubich.

Porter started at the position last year as only a sophomore, but showed that he had worked hard enough to demand the ball during the game. In the three non-conference games this year, Porter has found the end zone seven times while rushing for 365 yards on just 69 attempts. He has scored at least two touchdowns per game thus far and has run for over 100 yards in each game.

“Football is a physical game, and when you can run the ball and stop the ball on defense, you’re going to be in good shape,” Grubich responded when asked what good he has seen out of his team early on this season.

The Bombers defense has done a fair job at stopping the run game of opposing teams, which has been a huge benefactor to the three blowouts that started the season. Kenston defense has allowed only 309 rushing yards over the previous three games and held West Geauga to just 10 rushing yards in last Friday’s shutout victory.

Now that Kenston’s three non-conference games are in the books and slotted neatly under the win column, Coach Grubich and the Bombers shift their focus towards a dominant year in the Western Reserve Conference (WRC). Last season, Kenston went 5-2 in league play, with a close loss at home to Brush and the second loss coming to Mayfield the following week. This year, the team is poised to make a run at the WRC title and go undefeated in conference play.

When asked what the team needs to improve upon for league play, Grubich answered, “You see the sign over there on the fence? Four to six seconds, as fast as you can go.’”

The sign of paper cups tells the story of how long the average football play lasts. Coach Grubich wants his players to get faster and play faster. He noted that the quick start from the jump against West Geauga was exactly what he wanted to see from his team, and that continuing to harp on that mantra would help the team play as fast as they could go. High school football can be a high scoring affair, but many times it is not the most talented team, rather the most motivated team, that gets the job done at the end of the day.

Kenston leads off league play against Eastlake North, a team they squeaked by last year 21-18, on September 14. The coaches are confident in their game plan going into Friday night’s battle and are using this week to clean things up before taking the field. North will be coming into their first WRC game off the heels of two straight blowout losses at the hands of Revere and Maple Heights. Ranked 7th in Ohio’s Division III standings by MaxPreps.com, Kenston has established itself as a legitimate WRC Conference Champion and playoff hopeful later on this year.