Published in The News-Herald
October 19, 2019
Jeff Grubich warned his Kenston football team that being on top was going to be a challenge this year.
He was right.
A week after losing its first game of the season, 17-16 to Chardon, Kenston battled through for a 26-14 win over visiting Madison in a game that was 7-all at halftime.
“I told’em, you’re gonna get everyone’s best shot,” said Grubich, coach of the defending Division III state champions. “Teams are playing us like they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. It’s tough to coach against that kind of stuff.”
Kenston (7-1, 4-1 Western Reserve Conference) broke the halftime tie on a 14-yard touchdown run by Jack Porter in the third, followed by a 36-yard touchdown pass from Jon Tomcufcik to Jay Middleton.
Madison narrowed it to 19-14 late in the fourth on a touchdown run by Brad McKeon, but Kenston clinched it with a 50-yard touhdown pass from Tomcufcik to Tyler Mintz.
Tomcufcik threw for 86 yards and a touchdown, while Porter ran for 167 yards and two scores.