By outscoring its previous two opponents, 75-14, North used its same formula for success in Week 4 — run the ball and milk the clock.
However, host Kenston was going to make sure the Rangers earned everything they got as North prevailed, 26-14.
Late in the third quarter, Kenston senior linebacker Anthony Valocchi ripped the ball from a Rangers’ running back and raced down the left sideline 90 yards to pull the Bombers within one. The extra point tried the game at 14 heading into the final quarter.
After a 35-yard gain on the first play of scrimmage on its next possession was nullified, North settled down and used nine consecutive runs to move 61 yards and take the lead for good.
“That is what we do,” North coach Shawn Dodd said. “We don’t try to hide from it.
“We have a heck of an offensive line.”
Quarterback Chris Molica, with 122 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns, amassed almost as much as Kenston’s total offensive output of 130 yards.
“Our defense played lights out,” he said. “To hold them to seven points is amazing.”
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Published in The Chagrin Valley Times November 14, 2019 Tony Lange Kenston senior receiver Tyler Mintz came up with a 17-yard reception down to the 5-yard line on a play that took four seconds, at most, during the Bombers’ road playoff opener against New Philadelphia on Friday night. The No. 8-seeded Kenston gridders (8-3) were… Continue Reading
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