• Dr. Herpy

Kenston 42, Mayfield 28: Bombers move to 6-0 for first time in school history

Published in The Plain Dealer
September 29, 2018
Bryant Kizer

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – The Kenston Bombers just crossed off another chore on their to-do list in their locker room: Beat Mayfield.

The Bombers moved to 6-0, 3-0 in the Western Reserve Conference in their 42-28 victory at Kenston. It was the Bombers’ first victory over the Wildcats since 2004.

Now next on their to-do list is getting into the playoffs.

“This year we wanted to beat Brush and Mayfield, the two teams that knocked us out of the playoffs last year,” said Kenston coach Jeff Grubich. “Now we can work on getting into this year’s playoffs.”

“However we’ve got a lot of things we need to clean up. We have to clean up these penalties, long plays and things. We have Riverside coming in, and they are a great team with a great coach,” Grubich said.

The road to the state playoffs looks like it will have Kenston on the map, while Mayfield’s chances are fading.

The Bombers entered last night’s game ranked sixth in the Division III, Region 9 state playoff rankings. Their victory will move them up.

The Bombers, 6-0 for the first time in school history, will host Painesville Riverside (4-1, 3-0 WRC) next week. The winner will be in the driver seat for the WRC title. In Week 8, Kenston will travel to Madison. Week 9, the Bombers host Chardon, and in their final regular-season week they are at Willoughby South.

It was another stellar game for junior quarterback Jon Tomcufcik, as he had three passing touchdowns and one running, a 1-yard score. He tossed two touchdown passes to Bransen Stanley.

Tomcufcik for the season has 12 touchdown passes and no interceptions.

For Mayfield (2-4, 1-2 WRC), sophomore quarterback Michael Huff had four touchdown passes. The touchdowns were receptions by Joey Isabella (27 and 13 yards), Nick Cunningham (65 yards) and Joey Dostal (5 yards).

The Bombers fumbled on the opening kickoff. The Wildcats, with excellent field position, fumbled after one play. The Bombers scored on their next play, an 83-yard touchdown reception by Stanley.

Stanley, a senior, came into the game with four touchdowns receptions. He has caught a touchdown pass in the last three games.

The Bombers scored on their next possession as Tomcufcik called his own number on the 1-yard touchdown run. The Bombers led 14-0 with 5:35 left in the first.

Senior place-kicker Anna Sanders was perfect in her extra-point tries.

Next for Kenston: They Bombers host Painesville Riverside on Friday.

Next for Mayfield: They Wildcats host Madison on Friday.