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Kenston football coach happy how his team responded in opener

Published in The News-Herald
September 7, 2020
John Kampf

Kenston football coach Jeff Grubich found out what it was like to be flying blind in his team’s season-opener on Sept. 4.

Because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Bombers did not have a scrimmage in August or a Week 1 game, because Mayfield cancelled the game because of a few COVID-19 tests on their team came back positive.

So Grubich — along with the youngest, most inexperienced team he’s had in some time — had to go on the road to Madison to start its season on Sept. 4.

“I tell you what — I had huge concerns,” Grubich said. “I lost a lot of sleep all week. Not being able to be battle-tested and then being thrown into the fire — you never know how they’re going to respond.”

The Bombers responded well.

Despite falling behind early on a long touchdown pass from Michael O’Brien to Noah Tweedy, Kenston rallied for a 21-14 win.

“I’ve never been more proud of a group of guys,” Grubich said of his team. “No scrimmage, no Week 1 — nothing. And to battle for 48 minutes and come out with a win, I’m proud.”

Stanley Sell, who did a good job as a backup to three-time All-Ohio running back Jack Porter, carried 29 times for 189 yards and two touchdowns in his first start.

Sophomore quarterback Nikko Georgiou, backup to two-time All-Ohioan Jon Tomcufcik last year, was 9-for-15 for 107 yards and had 49 rushing yards.

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