Published in The News-Herald
October 5, 2019
Kenston spent one week of the 2018 season ranked as the state’s No. 1 Division III team. Days after the Bombers earned their status, they lost to Chardon — Kenston’s only loss en route to its state championship victory.
Four days after the Bombers received the No. 1 ranking in 2019, history appeared destined to repeat itself. Kenston trailed visiting South by a touchdown when the team entered the locker room at halftime Oct. 4.
The Bombers put the first half behind them, collected their resolve and emerged focused. Quarterback Jon Tomcufcik threw three touchdown passes in the second half, Kenston shut the Rebels out and remained undefeated with a 37-21 victory.
“Our coaches did a great job,” Tomcufcik said. “We went in there, they calmed us down, they said, ‘We’ve got 24 minutes left in the football game and if we do our job, we’re going to come out on top.’ We did what our coaches told us to do.”
Kenston improved to 6-0 and is 3-0 in Western Reserve Conference play.
The Bombers were poised to strike first when they drove inside the 10, where a fumble ended their drive. South proceeded to take a 7-0 lead when Ira Sampson swept left and broke through the line on third down for a 36-yard score in the first quarter.
The Bombers’ offense didn’t need to take the field to tie the game. Tyler Kestranek returned the ensuing kick 82 yards to even the score. South’s Rico Small, an Eastern Michigan commit, broke loose to the end zone when Kenston kicked off before his score was called back by a penalty.
The Bombers forced a punt and moved inside the 10 on a defensive pass interference penalty. Jack Porter gave Kenston its first lead with a two-yard score.
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