Published in The Plain Dealer
September 22, 2018
LYNDHURST, Ohio — Early turnovers and big penalties kept the Brush Arcs out of the win column as No. 12 Kenston capitalized on their mistakes in their 51-28 victory at Brush.
The Bombers kept their record perfect at 5-0 and 2-0 in the Western Reserve Conference. The Bombers put up 22 points in the first quarter and twice had the lead at 30 points.
Giving quarterback Joe Tomcufcik and running back Jack Porter a short field is a recipe for disaster. They will light up the scoreboard quick.
Tomcufcik, a junior, got the first score on an 18-yard touchdown run on a zone read option. The Arcs’ second turnover was near their own 40-yard line. A few plays later, Porter scored on a 5-yard run.
The Arcs lost star player Andree Franks Jr., to an injury. However without Franks, the Arcs were moving the ball, but penalties kept mounting up which put their drives to a halt.
The Bombers built a 37-7 in the third quarter. The Arcs tried to make a comeback. With Anthony Shorts at quarterback, Mitchell Kellogg III at running back and Kris Cecil at wide receiver they made things interesting. Kellogg ran for a career-high 136 yards. Cecil, a senior, had 80 yards and two touchdowns. Shorts threw for three touchdowns. If the Arcs did not have the miscues in the first half, the scoreboard might be different.
“You can’t have turnovers and penalties like that. Even a good football team may not overcome that,” said Arcs head coach Eddie Hall.
Bombers head coach Jeff Grubich said that same thing. He believed that if the Arcs did not have those miscues and the injury to Franks Jr., it might be a different game.
“That is a good football team over there. Getting a victory in their turf is a big one for us,” said Grubich.
However, the Bombers are good too. Porter finished the scoring with a 48-yard touchdown run.
Tyler Mintz had five receptions for 134 yards and Bransen Stanley had 72 yards and a touchdown.
Kenston will host Mayfield on Friday. Brush will travel to Willoughby South on Friday.