Published in The News-Herald
October 16, 2021
For the penultimate game of the regular season, there was a playoff feel at Bombers Stadium on Oct. 15 for Kenston and visiting Riverside.
When the game ended with a 21-14 Bombers win, it was Kenston which finished its 2021 season at home unblemished at 5-0.
However, it was not without its fair share of excitement.
Riverside got on the board first as Dom Tromba broke free from the pack and scooted 30 yards for the score with a little under three minutes to go in the first quarter. The short field was set up by an acrobatic one-handed interception by defensive back Jake Elly. The extra point put the Beavers up, 7-0.
Kenston’s next two scores occurred on fourth down.
The first saw JP Germano punch it on from inside the 1, and the second from the 7 as he burst through the scrum at the line of scrimmage into the end zone. An extra point by Parker Munday made it a 14-7 game with a few minutes to go in the first half.
Any hesitation of attempting a field goal on either possession was non-existent for Kenston coach Jeff Grubich.
“I would take those kids on fourth down against anybody,” he said. “When we get those opportunities, we like to go.”
The white-clad Beavers, whose offensive line averages 270 pounds, seemed destined to use their size as they attempted to tie the score down, 14-7. And they were successful, going 70 yards in 10 plays halfway through the third quarter. On third-and-goal, an ill-advised Riverside pass was plucked out of the air by Lucas Simmons, who raced 98 yards for the touchdown and put the Bombers up two scores, 21-7.
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