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Kenston 40, Buckeye 21: Porter, Tomcufcik lead Kenston to win in Division III, Region 9

Published in The Plain Dealer
November 10, 2018
Bryant Kizer

BEDFORD, Ohio – When you have Jon Tomcufcik and Jack Porter guiding the Kenston Bombers, they are tough team beat.

Tomcuficik had three touchdown passes and Porter ran for one and caught one as the Bombers beat the Buckeye Bucks, 40-21, at Bedford Bearcat Stadium.

The Bombers (11-1) advance to the Division III, Region 9 final against Canfield (11-1) next Friday.

“We just overall executed the offense,” said Bombers receiver Tyler Mintz, who had two touchdown receptions. “After we get our feet wet, we just took control of the game.”

Porter, a junior running back, finished with 129 yards on 25 carries.

“There is no ‘I’ in team. It’s ‘we'” he said. “We did a great job of handling the pressure today. Buckeye came out moving the ball, but we got the game back in control.”

Tomcuficik, junior, finished 12-of-17 passing for 195 yards.

Jay Middleton, who had a 53-yard touchdown reception, finished with 135 yards and four catches.

The Bombers got on the scoreboard first on their first possession. Porter scored on 8-yard touchdown run. That run was set up by a 45-yard pass reception by Middleton.

The Bucks (10-2), who won the school’s first ever playoff game last week, came back. Junior quarterback Jacob Doerge scored on a 5-yard run.

The Bombers then put up 19 points in the second quarter. Mintz caught Tomcufcik’s first touchdown pass, a 5-yard reception.

After a Bucks turnover, Middleton caught a swing pass and broke a tackle for a 53-yard touchdown. With just 49 seconds left in the second, Porter caught a 5-yard touchdown pass. The Bombers led 26-7 at the half.

“These guys, (Porter, Tomcufcik and Mintz) have been the backbone of our offense,” said Bombers coach Jeff Grubich. “But we have to clean up some stuff in our next game.”

The Bombers kept up the pressure in the third quarter. Tomcufcik called his own number and scored on a 3-yard run.

Dom Monaco scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the Bucks. He finished his senior season with a school-record 24 rushing touchdowns.

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