Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
October 24, 2019
Kenston at Riverside
Playoff implications will be on the line when the Kenston boys (7-1, 4-1) travel to take on the Division II Riverside Beavers (4-4, 3-2) in Western Reserve Conference play at 7 p.m. Friday in Painesville.
The Division III AP No. 9-ranked Bombers enter the game in the No. 5 spot of the Region 9 computers rankings but control their own destiny in the hunt for a postseason berth. They need at least eight wins to extend their season, so they won’t want to mess around this week – Division II AP No. 8-ranked Mayfield (8-0, 5-0) is their week-10 opponent.
Kenston is coming off a 26-14 win against Madison (3-5, 2-3) in a game that was tied, 7-7, at halftime without a completed pass for the Bombers. But senior running back Jack Porter showed why he’s a two-time all-Ohioan with 27 carries for 167 yards to help bolster the win.
Kenston finished with 330 yards, but it was the second game in a row that Kenston’s opponent used a ground-and-pound attack to keep the Bombers’ potent offense off the field. Madison had 71 plays to Kenston’s 45.
Riverside, under 10th-year head coach Dave Bors, who owns a 51-50 record at the helm, is coming off a 20-17 overtime loss against Mayfield, in a game the Wildcats remained unbeaten on a 6-yard touchdown toss on third down.
The Beavers had 275 yards of offense in the game, 163 yards rushing, behind 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior running back Jordan Smith’s 27 carries for 109 yards and 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior receiver Matt Spofford’s 12 carries for 63 yards. That said, Kenston had better get its run defense in order yet again.
Defensively, Riverside surrendered 178 yards passing but picked off Mayfield twice.
Kenston and Riverside are 2-2 in previous meetings. Kenston defeated Riverside, 42-14, last year.
TONY’S TAKE: Kenston wins, 28-24.