Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
September 5, 2019
Game of the week: Chagrin at Kenston
7 p.m. Friday
Records are supposed to be disregarded in rivalry games, but Kenston (1-0) is no doubt a mighty favorite when the Division III Bombers host Division IV Chagrin Falls (0-1) in a battle of Old Route 422 at 7 p.m. Friday at Bomber Stadium in Bainbridge Township.
Kenston, under eighth-year head coach Jeff Grubich, is coming off a 35-0 victory against Division VI Black River, which was more or less of a tune-up game. The Bombers scored all five touchdowns in the first half, and Black River will probably be the easiest team they’ll face all season.
Offensively, Kenston senior quarterback Jon Tomcufcik completed 11 of 15 passes for 168 yards, senior slotback Tyler Mintz collected six catches for 91 yards, and senior running back Jack Porter had 19 carries for 124 yards.
If Porter can eclipse the 100-yard rushing mark against Chagrin Falls, he’ll be the sixth player in Ohio High School Athletic Association history to have 20 consecutive performances surpassing the century mark.
Defensively, Kenston held Black River’s wing-T to 114 yards of offense and six first downs on 32 plays.
Chagrin Falls, under 25th-year head coach Mark Iammarino, who coached Grubich in his first season with the Tigers, is coming off a 55-14 loss against Division III Streetsboro in a game that the triumphant Rockets gained 543 of their 653 yards by ground.
Offensively, Chagrin Falls 6-foot-2, 225-pound junior quarterback Dawson Pierce was 11-of-22 passing for 114 yards, junior playmaker Xavier Perez had five carries for 27 yards, as well as two catches for 18 yards, and 5-foot-7 senior Will Richmond collected five catches for 64 yards.
In 61 previous meetings between Kenston and Chagrin Falls, the Tigers hold a 33-28 series advantage, but the Bombers own a three-game streak, including a 41-14 victory last year.
TONY’S TAKE: Kenston wins, 42-17.