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Porter and Tomcufcik tally 6 TDs as No. 5 Kenston overwhelms Eastlake North, 45-7

Published in The Plain Dealer
September 21, 2019
Robby Fenbers

EASTLAKE, Ohio — Jack Porter and Jon Tomcufcik put their All-Ohioan skills on display Friday night, as the senior duo combined for six touchdowns, fueling No. 5 Kenston’s 45-7 blowout of Eastlake North in a Western Reserve Conference matchup at Nick Carter Stadium on Friday night.

“It starts with the hard work,” Kenston coach Jeff Grubich said. “These kids have been working their tails off for three years in this offense. All summer long they have been in camp, and they have just put a lot of time in. They take a lot of personal pride in it, so I’m lucky to have those kind of guys.”

After fumbling away the ball in an early first-quarter possession, Kenston’s high powered offense went to work. A mix of runs, and a 51-yard pass from Tomcufcik quickly placed the Bombers (4-0, 1-0 RC) in the red zone. That’s when Porter did what he does best, bursting 14 yards up the middle to put Kenston up 7-0.

“The O-line played great,” Porter said. “They gave me plenty of holes to run through, so credit to them.”

He finished with 21 carries for 155 yards and three touchdowns.

Looking to respond, The Rangers (2-2, 0-1 WRC) played to their strength, milking the clock with a run-heavy offense. Junior QB Chris Molica culminated a 12-play, 80-yard drive with a one-yard sneak to tie the game at 7. Molica finished with 14 carries for 70 yards.

“I thought we had a little bit of momentum there,” Eastlake North coach Shawn Dodd said. “I thought it would be a little bit of a closer game. That is a heck of a football team. I’m not sure what adjustments they did. It seemed like they kind of just stayed in the same thing, and we just didn’t execute. It just snowballed.”

Kenston’s fast-paced offense marched back with a balanced attack. The Bombers ran into trouble on a fourth-and-2 from the Rangers’ 17. Grubich went for it, and Porter broke through for the 17-yard score.

Porter added his third touchdown late in the second quarter for a 21-7 halftime lead.

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