Published in The News-Herald
October 1, 2019
There was a time — maybe even a specific day — Tyler Mintz was afraid to go onto the football field.
As a 5-foot-7, 150-pound freshman defensive back in 2016, Mintz was summoned to start at cornerback for Kenston.
The butterflies in his stomach felt like they were the size of wild turkeys flopping around in his gut.
Four years later, there is still fear when Mintz — now a senior — steps onto the football field.
But it’s the other team’s problem, not his.
Heading into a Week 6 game against visiting South, Mintz is a seasoned, 5-foot-9, 180-pound two-way starter for the defending Division III state champion Bombers, a player who leads The News-Herald coverage area in receptions (34 catches, 588 yards) and one who is also a lockdown cornerback.
That’s someone else’s problem now.
“Yeah, I wasn’t the most calm-headed person out there,” he said of his freshman year. “But I don’t regret it at all. I got me the mindset that I have now, so it helped me a lot.”
Mintz is a nightmare for the opposition to defend for a multitude of reasons.
First off, the Bombers have a two-time, first-team All-Ohioan at running back in Jack Porter. At quarterback is first-team All-Ohioan Jon Tomcufcik. On top of that, the Bombers employ a shotgun spread offense that generally utilizes four receivers, including Javion Middleton and Ryan Miller, who started on last year’s state championship team.
In other words, there’s a lot of marquee players to keep an eye on — and Mintz might be the scariest one with his skill set.
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