Published in The Plain Dealer
October 5, 2019
BAINBRIDGE, Ohio — A perfect season was in jeopardy Friday night until a safety in the fourth quarter allowed the Kenston Bombers to remain undefeated through six weeks.
On homecoming night, it was the home team that left the field with a 37-21 win and a 6-0 record after a hard-fought battle with the Rebels of Willoughby South (4-2). The Bombers remain in a first-place tie with Mayfield in the Western Reserve Conference at 3-0, while South falls to 1-2.
“The guys were working hard and needed something positive to happen,” Kenston coach Jeff Grubich said. “The defense rallied and got us two points. I think that took the wind out of them a little bit and our guys got more confidence.”
With 11:38 remaining in the final quarter, Kenston defense unbolted a 21-21 deadlock to go ahead 23-21. But they could not have done it without senior QB Jon Tomcufcik leading the charge.
On fourth down, Tomcufcik bombed a punt that trickled out of bounds at the Willoughby South 1. The defense attacked from there. On the first play of the fourth quarter, South quarterback Justin Grosel was tackled in the end zone by a host of Kenston players, sending the Bombers on their way to victory.
After a Rebels punt put the ball back in the hands of the Kenston offense, Tomcufick capped off the drive with a touchdown to sophomore J.P. Germano — his first varsity touchdown.
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