Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
October 17, 2019
Madison at Kenston
The Kenston gridders (6-1, 3-1) will be geared for a bounce-back victory when they host Western Reserve Conference foe Madison (3-4, 2-2) at 7 p.m. Friday in Bainbridge Township.
The AP No. 7-ranked Bombers are coming off their first loss of the season, 17-16, during a road test against Chardon, with the Hilltoppers scoring the game-winning 26-yard field goal with three seconds to play.
Chardon’s wing-T controlled the clock to limit Kenston’s offense to just seven drives in the game, with the Bombers getting intercepted and turning the ball over on downs during two trips to the red zone. Senior receiver Tyler Mintz again was a spark in Kenston’s offense, with seven catches for 142 yards, including 55- and 21-yard touchdowns.
The loss snapped a 12-game win streak for Kenston that went back to last year’s 27-24 loss against Chardon.
Madison, under 20th-year head coach Tim Willis, who owns a 127-81 record at the helm, is coming off a 50-20 victory against Eastlake North (2-5, 0-4) last Thursday in a game the triumphant Blue Streaks owned just a 21-13 lead at halftime.
Madison 5-foot-9, 185-pound junior running back Austin McCourt had 27 carries for 193 yards with four touchdowns in the Blue Streaks’ one-back set, while 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior dual-threat quarterback Alex Dragas was four-of-four passing for 79 yards and had nine carries for 68 yards.
Defensively, Madison was susceptible to giving up big runs, including 37- and 41-yard touchdown jaunts to North.
Kenston owns a 9-3 series advantage against Madison, including a 28-6 win in inclement weather last year.
TONY’S TAKE: Kenston wins, 35-20.