Published in The Plain Dealer
July 27, 2018
KENSTON, Ohio — Back-to-back losses midway through last season cost Kenston a playoff spot.
The Bombers finished ninth in this region with consecutive losses to Western Reserve Conference champ Brush and Mayfield being the deterrents. Coach Jeff Grubich brings back a motivated, talented group that should light up the scoreboard.
Quarterback Jon Tomcufcic threw for 1,803 yards as a sophomore, Jack Porter rushed for 1,447 yards and 22 TDs and Bransen Stanley was the top target in the passing game. Kee-Shaun Merrill is their biggest playmaking loss to graduation, but there are plenty of reasons for Kenston to make a potent charge.
We caught up with the Bombers during a July 7-on-7 in Kenston to preview the season. Watch the video above and learn more about Kenston in the capsule below.
2017 record: 8-2
Coach: Jeff Grubich (seventh season)
Conference: Western Reserve Conference
Players to watch
Jon Tomcufcic, QB, 6-1, 195, Jr.
Jack Porter, RB/S, 5-10, 175, Jr.
Bransen Stanley, WR, 6-1, 165, Sr.
Ryan Miller, WR, 6-5, 190, Fr.
Alex Robarge, G/C, 6-4, 305, Sr.
George Sell, OT, 6-4, 250, Jr.
Mitchell Sotera, DT, 6-1, 275, Sr.
Jake Engelhart, DE, 6-0, 205, Sr.
Matt Ikiodi, LB/RB, 5-10, 170, Sr.
Sam Leygraaf, LB, 5-10, 210, Sr.
Logan Vargo, LB, 5-10, 186, Jr.
Joe Staudenbaur, LB, 6-0, 200, Sr.
Dorion Talley, CB, 5-10, 190, Sr.
Tyler Mintz, S/SB, 5-10, 175, Jr.
Nick Franklin, S, 5-11, 175, Sr.