Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
September 12, 2019
West Geauga at Kenston
After outscoring their first two opponents, 90-0, the Kenston gridders don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon with a week-three home battle against Division IV West Geauga (0-2) at 7 p.m. Friday at Bombers Stadium in Bainbridge Township.
The defending Division III state champions, under eighth-year head coach Jeff Grubich, own a 38-24-1 series advantage against the Wolverines, including four straight victories since 2013.
Most recently, Kenston is coming off of a 55-0 stomping of Chagrin Falls in a game that seven Bombers found the end zone behind 483 yards of offense and a running clock for the entirety of the second half.
Senior quarterback Jon Tomcufcik completed 15 of 16 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns, while senior running back Jack Porter had 13 carries for 130 yards and two touchdowns, and senior receiver Tyler Mintz had eight catches for 137 yards with a touchdown.
Defensively, Kenston held Chagrin to 87 yards passing, 41 yards rushing and just five first downs. Kenston also won the turnover battle, 3-0, with 190-pound junior linebacker Alec Kolenic forcing a fumble and recovering a fumble, 170-pound senior linebacker Frank DiMarco collecting a fumble, and freshman defensive back Lucas Simmons stripping a receiver.
West Geauga, under second-year head coach Adam Sopkovich, lost its season opener against Chardon, 41-3, and then lost a 35-28 battle against Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (1-1) last week.
After falling behind, 14-0, West Geauga scored 21 points in the second quarter, including two touchdowns in the final 1:10 of the half, for a tie game at intermission.
Offensively, West Geauga gained 303 yards with 175-pound junior running back Trae Zimmermann doing the majority of the damage by way of 21 carries for 148 yards, as well as four catches for 35 yards. Six-foot-4 senior quarterback Riley Huge tossed for 113 yards.
Defensively, West G surrendered 372 yards, 280 rushing, and forced four turnovers against NDCL, including two interceptions by junior cornerback Luke Musser and fumble recoveries by seniors Levi Veverka and Cade Williams.
In 2018, Kenston beat West Geauga, 37-0.
TONY’S TAKE: Kenston wins, 45-13.