Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
September 13, 2018
Eastlake North at Kenston
The Kenston gridders (3-0) will enter league play as the only undefeated team in the Western Reserve Conference when they host the Division II Eastlake North Rangers (1-2) at 7 p.m. Friday at Bomber Stadium.
Not only that, but Kenston is ranked No. 10 among Division III teams statewide, according to AP pollsters, which only confirms a target on the Bombers’ backs that they already knew was there.
The Kenston boys are coming off a 37-0 road rout against West Geauga in their first shutout victory since 2014. Seventh-year head coach Jeff Grubich praised the efforts of his defensive linemen: senior Mitch Sotera and juniors Max Czech, Tim Matty and Eric Dombrowski for only giving up 10 yards rushing.
Offensively, Kenston proved yet again that it just has too many weapons for opposing defenses to handle. The Bombers scored all 37 of their points in the first half and finished with 419 yards and 22 first downs.
Eastlake North, under fourth-year head coach Shawn Dodd, is coming off back-to-back losses, first against Division III AP No. 6-ranked Revere, 46-0, and then against Division II AP No. 8-ranked Maple Heights, 38-7, last week.
In the loss to Maple Heights, the Rangers only attempted three passes despite falling behind, 20-7, by halftime. All 141 yards of North’s offense came by ground.
Defensively, North surrendered 530 yards, including 388 yards on 10 completions by Maple Heights, with 90-, 48- and 93-yard touchdowns by the Mustangs in the second half.
That said, if Kenston can find senior speedster Bransen Stanley in the open field, there’s a good chance he’ll get off to the races.
Overall, Kenston is 2-1 against North, including a 21-18 victory last season.
TONY’S TAKE: Kenston wins, 38-17.