Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
September 19, 2019
Kenston at Eastlake North
The Division III AP No. 3-ranked Kenston gridders (3-0) will open Wester Reserve Conference play with a road test against the Division II Eastlake North Rangers (2-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at Carter Stadium in Lake County.
North will be the toughest test so far for the Bombers, who are the lowest seeded 3-0 team in the Region 9 computer rankings because of their weak nonconference schedule.
Although, Kenston did have some weaknesses exposed in their 27-10 weather-shortened victory against West Geauga (0-3) last week, including defending the blitz, surrendering explosive plays and taking care of the pigskin.
But a 65-yard pick-six by senior defensive back Tyler Kestranek and a 65-yard scoop-and-score by senior Jay Middleton on a blocked field goal attempt was enough for Kenston to come away with a victory.
North, under fifth-year head coach Shawn Dodd, who owns a 17-27 record at the helm, has implemented a new wing-T offense with some big hogs up front the season. The Rangers’ offensive line averages 285 pounds with 6-foot-4, 310-pound junior guard Ethan Spoth leading the way.
Most recently, North is coming off a 40-6 victory against Lakeside (0-3) with 382 yards rushing behind 180-pound junior running back James Walker and 190-pound junior running back Thomas Walker.
Defensively, North’s three-four base surrendered 184 yards passing against Lakeside.
Kenston and North have a 2-2 series deadlock, but the Bombers came out on the winning end the past two years, including a 53-20 triumph in 2018.
TONY’S TAKE: Kenston wins, 38-20.