Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
September 20, 2018
Kenston at Brush
The Kenston gridders (4-0) should have no problem getting motivated for their Western Reserve Conference road battle against the Division II Brush Arcs (2-2) at 7 p.m. Friday at Korb Field in Lyndhurst.
The Bombers enter the contest ranked No. 10 among Division III teams statewide, according to AP pollsters, but they sure as heck won’t be cocky after losing a 52-48 shootout against Brush last season. The Arcs scored the winning touchdown on a 12-yard pass with two seconds remaining on a play that essentially cost Kenston the playoffs.
Most recently, the Kenston boys are coming off a 53-20 victory against Eastlake North (1-3) in a game that they built a 39-7 lead thanks to capitalizing on three fumble recoveries by nose-for-the-pigskin senior Matt Iklodi.
And while the Bombers moved to 4-0 by dominating all facets of the game, they really haven’t been tested yet this season – their average margin of victory is 31.8 points. But that margin surely will tighten this week.
Brush, under first-year head coach Eddie Hall, is coming off a 20-19 road loss against Mayfield (2-2) in a game that the Arcs went for a two-point conversion with 26 seconds remaining and failed – instead of playing for overtime, they lost in regulation.
Arc sophomore quarterback AJ Shorts finished seven-of-11 passing for 77 yards, including the potential game-tying touchdown toss of 21 yards to senior slotback Andree Franks. Franks also had 40- and 27-yard touchdown runs in the first half to help lead a ground attack of 190 yards.
Defensively, Brush held Mayfield to 191 yards, outgaining the Wildcats by 160 yards overall, but it wasn’t enough.
In 15 meetings between Kenston and Brush, the Bombers own a 13-2 series advantage.
TONY’S TAKE: Kenston wins, 35-22.