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Tony’s Pigskin Pick vs. Brush Week 5

Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
September 26, 2019
Tony Lange

Kenston at Brush

Smart money will be on Kenston (4-0) when the Division III AP No. 3-ranked Bombers travel to take on Division II Brush (0-4) as Western Reserve Conference play continues at 7 p.m. Friday at Korb Field.

In 16 meetings, Kenston owns a 14-2 series advantage against the Arcs, including a 51-28 triumph last season.

The Bombers are coming off a 45-7 victory against Eastlake North in a game they put away with a 21-0 run in the third quarter. Defensively, Kenston surrendered just 160 yards rushing, 1 yard passing and five first downs against North’s wing-T.

Brush, under second-year head coach Eddie Hall, who owns a 4-10 record at the helm, is coming off a 48-6 loss against Division II AP No. 11-ranked Mayfield (4-0) in a game that the triumphant Wildcats only had seven first downs because they were too busy scoring.

Brush finished with just 70 yards of net offense at the expense of negative 27 yards rushing. Arc 5-foot-11, 205-pound junior quarterback AJ Shorts completed six of 15 passes for 97 yards with a touchdown toss to 5-foot-10 senior receiver Keyshawn Johnson, but other receivers are at his disposal with a spread offense that often lines up four guys wide.

Defensively, Brush surrendered 388 yards against Mayfield’s balanced attack.

While the Arcs are 0-4, they’ve played a tough schedule so far with other losses coming against Aurora (4-0), 28-0, Uniontown Lake (4-0), 28-0, and Hudson (2-2), 34-12.

TONY’S TAKE: Kenston wins, 42-13.