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Tony’s Pigskin Pick Week Six vs. Mayfield

Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
September 27, 2018
Tony Lange

Mayfield at Kenston

The Kenston gridders (5-0) will be out for more revenge when they continue Western Reserve Conference action with a homecoming game against the Division II Mayfield Wildcats (2-3, 1-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at Bomber Stadium.

Sure, it’s easy to say Mayfield is just the next team on the Bombers’ schedule, but the truth is the Wildcats are one of two teams the Bombers lost to a year ago, and so there will be some unfinished business to take care of.

Kenston is coming off a 51-28 triumph against Brush (2-3) – the other team it lost to last year – in a game the Bombers built a 37-7 lead early in the third quarter, in large part to turning the Arcs over four times in the first half. Linebackers Matt Iklodi and Logan Vargo each recovered a fumble, while defensive backs Bransen Stanley and Tyler Mintz collected interceptions.

While Brush outgained Kenston, 450 yards to 440 yards, the Arcs had 13 more plays and 50 more penalty yards. And the Bombers had zero turnovers.

Mayfield, under third-year head coach Ross Bandiera, beat Brush, 20-19, in week four, but, most recently, the Wildcats are coming off a 34-17 loss against Chardon (2-3, 1-1) in a game the triumphant Hilltoppers didn’t attempt a single pass – their run game amassed 382 yards with little answer from the Wildcat defense.

On offense, Mayfield leaned on its aerial attack with sophomore quarterback Michael Huss completing 15 of 29 passes for 268 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. His primary targets were 5-foot-8 junior Joey Isabella with seven catches for 156 yards and 6-foot-1 sophomore Joey Dostal with four catches for 93 yards.

That said, if Kenston can come out hot and build a multiple-possession lead by halftime against Mayfield this week, it’ll be mighty tough for the Wildcats to mount a comeback.

Overall, Mayfield owns a 14-11 series advantage against Kenston, including a 38-12 win against the Bombers last season.

TONY’S TAKE: Kenston wins, 41-28.