Eastlake North at Kenston
Kenston (1-1) will be hoping to let its wounds heal when the Bombers host Division II league foe Eastlake North (2-1) at 7 p.m. Thursday in Bainbridge Township.
The Bombers are coming off a 37-6 licking from Division III AP No. 1-ranked Chardon – their worst loss since a 2-8 campaign in 2016 – in a game their lone score came on a 41-yard fumble return by junior linebacker Braden Krupp.
While Kenston’s offense didn’t produce any points last week, 205-pound senior running back Stanley Sell had 13 carries for 79 yards against a Hilltopper defense that held its first two opponents to negative yards rushing.
Defensively, the Bombers had some nice things going for them in the first half, including a fourth-and-one stop at their own 10-yard line, but they were unable to close off the perimeters against Chardon’s jet.
Eastlake North, under sixth-year head coach Shawn Dodd, who owns a 20-34 record at the helm, is coming off a 34-0 skunking of Madison (0-3), a team Kenston beat, 21-14, the previous week.
North’s offense posted 410 yards against Madison, with Ranger 5-foot-8 senior quarterback Chris Molica tucking the pigskin 19 times for 188 yards and three touchdowns as the fastest guy on his team.
Defensively, the Rangers held Madison to just six first downs with the crux of their veteran experience coming from their linebacker corps on that side of the pigskin.
Kenston owns a 3-2 series advantage against North, including a 45-7 victory last season.
TONY’S TAKE: North wins, 28-21.