Kenston at Chardon
With a chance to avenge their lone loss from a year ago, the Division III AP No. 1-ranked
Kenston gridders (6-0, 3-0) will travel to take on Western Reserve Conference foe Chardon (4-2,
2-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at the Hilltoppers’ Memorial Field.
Kenston owns a 22-21-1 series advantage against Chardon, but the Hilltoppers won last
year’s Geauga County rivalry, 27-24, by driving 98 yards in the final 6:56 to score the winning
touchdown as time expired.
The Bombers are coming off a 37-21 victory against Willoughby South (4-2, 1-2) in a
game they felt they left 21 points on the field with two lost fumbles and an incomplete pass on
fourth down, all inside the Rebels’ 10-yard line.
Defensively, Kenston got the job done with six pass breakups, four sacks, a safety and a
fumble recovery. The Bombers closed down the end zone in the second half.
Chardon, under ninth-year head coach Mitch Hewitt, who owns a 64-30 record at the
helm, is coming off a 52-21 victory against Brush in a game the triumphant Hilltoppers trailed,
21-7, at the quarter mark.
But Chardon overcame the deficit and ran away with the win thanks to 35 unanswered
points in the second half behind a wing-T that featured 448 yards rushing with no Hilltopper
recording more than 75 yards on the ground – five guys did the bulk of the work.
Defensively, Chardon surrendered 307 yards passing to Brush, including a 73-yard
Chardon’s two losses this year are against Division IV AP No. 2-ranked Perry, 31-23,
and Division II AP No. 9-ranked Mayfield, 21-7.
TONY’S TAKE: Kenston wins, 28-24.