Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
October 11, 2018
Kenston at Madison
The Kenston gridders (7-0, 4-0) can only beat themselves when they hit the road to take on the Division II Madison Blue Streaks (2-5, 0-4) in Western Reserve Conference action at 7 p.m. Friday at Dick Hamblin Field in Lake County.
The Division III AP No. 3-ranked Bombers are coming off a convincing 42-14 victory against Riverside (5-2, 3-1) in a game that junior quarterback Jon Tomcufcik completed 21 of 23 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns, a brilliant statistical effort that was made possible in large part by senior Bransen Stanley’s 11 catches for 173 yards.
Through seven weeks, Tomcufcik is 94-of-141 passing, or 66.7 percent, for 1,545 yards and 15 touchdowns with zero interceptions and zero sacks – Bombers fans reading this need to knock on wood with those latter two categories. No, really, knock away right now.
Entering the final three weeks of the season, the Kenston gridders own the top spot in the Region 9 computer rankings, ahead of AP No. 1-ranked Canfield (7-0), and control their own destiny for the playoffs.
Madison, under 19th-year head coach Tim Willis, is coming off a 49-23 road loss against Mayfield in a game the Blue Streaks owned a 16-14 lead at the quarter mark before giving up 21 unanswered points in the second frame.
Since Madison won its first two games of the season against Geneva (3-4) and Lakeside (1-6), the Blue Steaks haven’t really given anyone much of a run for the money, with their closest WRC game coming by way of a 28-13 loss to Riverside in week five.
Kenston owns an 8-3 series advantage against Madison, including 41-10 triumph last year.
TONY’S TAKE: Kenston wins, 49-14.