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Kenston falls to Dover in regional semifinal

Published in The News-Herald
November 13, 2021
Jay Kron

TWINSBURG — Kenston overcame a lot throughout this season-injuries to key starters, the death of a beloved assistant coach, other coaches having to miss time.

Despite this adversity, the Bombers rolled to a 9-1, regular season and second place finish in the Western Reserve Conference, and playoff wins over Harvey and Steubenville.

Unfortunately for Kenston, it wasn’t able to overcome costly penalties, turnovers, and the inability to stop the Dover ground game in a 24-7 Division III Regional Final loss on November 12 at Twinsburg Tiger Stadium.

Dover moves on to play Chardon in a regional final on Nov.19.

Tied at halftime, 7-7, Dover brought back the second half kickoff across midfield, and scored eight plays later on a run by QB TC Molk.

Kenston drove to a third and nine at the Dover 18 in response, but Molk picked off a pass in the end zone.

Dover marched right back down the field, all on runs, going 80 yards on eight plays to score on a 1-yard run by Connor McGarry and take a 21-7 lead into the fourth quarter.

Kenston drove to a first down at the Dover 44 early in the fourth quarter, but fumbled the ball back to the Tornadoes after a completed pass.

Dover picked up a first down on third and 13 on a 23-yard Joey Farthing run plus 15 yards tacked on for a personal foul. Lucas Lane kicked a 28-yard field goal five plays later to make it 24-7.

Kenston had one last ditch attempt to cut into its deficit, but Molk intercepted another pass in the end zone to put an exclamation point on the win.

“When you get to this level in the playoffs, you can’t make mistakes,” Kenston coach Jeff Grubich said. “You’ve got to give all the credit to Dover, they’re a well-coached team. We made too mistakes. At the end of the day, that’s on me. I’ve got to do a better job of cleaning that up so we can be in a better position to win.”

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