Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
October 31, 2019
Game of the week: Mayfield at Kenston
7 p.m. Friday
With a share of the Western Reserve Conference title and a home playoff game on the line, Division III AP No. 7-ranked Kenston (8-1, 5-1) will host Division II AP No. 7-ranked Mayfield (9-0, 6-0) at 7 p.m. Friday in Bainbridge.
The host Bombers are coming off a 28-0 victory against Riverside (4-5, 3-3) in a game their defense allowed just 136 yards and eight first downs behind a pair of sacks each from senior linemen Tim Matty and Max Czech and 12 tackles from senior linebacker Logan Vargo.
Offensively, Kenston senior quarterback Jon Tomcufcik was zeroed in on 17-of-22 passing for 204 yards to four receivers – including six completions to sophomore JP Germano – yet it was only his fifth-best passing efficiency night of the 2019 seasons.
Mayfield, under fourth-year head coach Ross Bandiera, who owns a 24-17 record at the helm, needed an overtime to beat Riverside, 20-17, in week eight, before the Wildcats got back to business with 35-0 victory against Eastlake North (2-6, 1-5) last week.
Offensively, Mayfield had 161 yards rushing against North, with Wildcat 210-pound senior running back Joe Suchy as the lead carrier with 10 carries for 71 yards.
Meanwhile, Mayfield 5-foot-10 junior quarterback Michael Huss was 13-of-19 passing for 205 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Five of his completions went to 5-foot-9 senior receiver Ben Sherlock for 68 yards.
Defensively, Mayfield held North to 103 yards rushing and 39 yards passing, twice picking off Ranger junior quarterback Chris Molica.
It was Mayfield’s first shutout of the season, but the Wildcats are surrendering just 8.3 points per game in WRC play this year.
In 26 gridiron meetings between Kenston and Mayfield, the Wildcats own a 14-12 series advantage. But the Bombers were 42-28 victors in 2018.
TONY’S TAKE: Kenston wins, 22-21.