Published in The Plain Dealer
November 3, 2018
CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — No. 7-seeded Millersburg West Holmes continued to hang around in hopes of upsetting No. 2 Kenston in the Division III, Region 9 first round, but the potent Bombers offense came through again to prevent that from happening.
Two Jack Porter fourth-quarter touchdown runs sealed a 48-34 Kenston victory Friday, a win that doubled as the Bombers’ first home playoff triumph.
West Holmes trailed Kenston (10-1), 34-19, with 7 minutes remaining in the third quarter after a Jon Tomcufcik touchdown run. But the Knights (8-3) answered with two touchdowns in the next eight minutes, and the two-point conversion after the second score tied the game at 34 with just more than 11 minutes left.
Porter came through for his team in its biggest spot of the season to bury West Holmes.
Coming into the game with 1,627 rushing yards, Porter broke through for a rushing score with 2 minutes and 59 seconds remaining. And after a Tyler Mintz interception, Porter cemented the Bombers’ victory with a touchdown run with 1:29 left. Kenston snagged two fourth-quarter interceptions to hold off West Holmes.
Tomcufcik accounted for four touchdowns in Kenston’s win. The decorated quarterback threw two touchdown passes in the first half — a first-quarter strike to Jay Middleton and a second-period connection with Mintz — and did key work on the ground. He rushed for a score with 27 seconds left in the first half, giving the Bombers a 27-19 intermission edge, and added another score with 7 minutes remaining in the third stanza.
Porter finished his night with three rushing TDs and will enter Round 2 with 23 for the season. In its first playoff appearance since 2014, Kenston will face No. 3-seeded Buckeye (10-1) at a neutral site Nov. 9. The Bucks are a perennial playoff team but picked up their first-ever playoff win Friday against Alliance.