Published in The News-Herald
August 9, 2019
It was a good starting point.
Kenston coach Jeff Grubich and Mentor coach Steve Trivisonno shared the same sentiment after the Bombers and Cardinals gathered for their first scrimmage of the year Aug. 9 at Jerome T. Osborne Stadium.
With one addition, that is.
It was a nice start — but there’s a long way to go.
The scrimmage included everything from special teams to situational scrimmaging to individual drills at each end of the field.
But when it came down to the head-to-head portion of the scrimmage — with the starters on each side of the ball going through two sets of 10 plays against the opposing team’s first-string defense — the scrimmage was a 1-1 tie.
Mentor scored first when running back Riley Coughlin, filling in for senior starter Brian Trobel (out of town for a wedding) scored from 25 yards out.
A series later, Kenston’s all-Ohio quarterback Jon Tomcufcik hit senior Jay Middleton on a crossing route for a short touchdown pass for a Bombers’ score.
There was a lot of other scoring in the situational scrimmaging, such as red-zone work and goal-line work. But as both coaches said afterward, this scrimmage was a benchmark for both teams.
For Mentor, it was a look at what the Cardinals could be after going 11-2 last season and losing to St. Edward in the Division I, Region 1 championship game.
For Division III Kenston, it was a chance to get back on the field after going 14-1 last season and earning the program’s first state championship in history.