Published in The News-Herald
October 26, 2019
Kenston took a big step toward a share of the Western Conference title Oct. 25, as it turned back host Riverside by a 28-0 count.
Kenston may have won the Division III state title last year, but the conference race is still a big deal. The Bombers (8-1, 5-1) can earn their share with a win over undefeated Mayfield at home Nov. 1. Chardon, which defeated Kenston, 17-16, two weeks ago, can make it a three-way tie if it wins at North.
“It’s a big game, but every game we play is a big game,” Kenston coach Jeff Grubich said. “So our kids have that mindset, and embrace it, and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
Kenston used a crisp passing game to convert touchdowns the first three times it had the ball. Jon Tomcufcik (17-of-22) hit J.P. Germano from 24 yards to open the scoring and took the ball in himself from 16 yards for the third TD. Jack Porter’s one-yard run provided the other first-half scoring.
“My receivers were running great routes, and they were wide open,” Tomcufcik said. “And my offensive line did a great job protecting me. I had a clean pocket the entire game.”
“Our motto has always been to take what the defense gives you,” Grubich said. “They were jamming the box trying to stop the run. (Porter) is a pretty good football player. So we (decided) to pass the ball a little bit.”
The Beavers (4-5, 3-3) tightened up their defense after that, but the Bombers tallied again in the fourth quarter on a 30-yard pass from Tomcufcik to Tyler Mintz.
“Their offense is very good, and I think it took us a couple series to settle in,” Riverside coach Dave Bors said. “They execute very well at a very high level. They pretty much have their entire offense back from the team that won the state championship last year. I think our guys had to see it. You can’t simulate something like that in practice.”