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No. 10 Kenston 42, Riverside 14: Tomcufcik has efficient night in win

Published in The Plain Dealer
October 6, 2018
Stephen Means

BAINBRIDGE, Ohio — Even in a dominating performance, Kenston head coach Jeff Grubich voiced his concerns with his team’s overall play in its 42-14 Western Reserve Conference win over Riverside Friday night.

Despite totaling 466 yards while limiting Riverside to just 297, Grubich’s only focus following the win was the number of mental mistakes the Bombers made.

“It’s 42-14 and I’m not happy,” Grubich said. “I’m for our kids, they executed pretty well tonight, but once again we gave up too many big plays and (had) too many penalties. Against really good opponents that’s going to get you beat.”

After starting the game off with an 88-yard kick return for a touchdown by junior Jay Middleton, the Bombers never trailed and reached the end zone in all but the fourth quarter. Quarterback Jon Tomcufcik continued what has been an efficient season under center. The junior threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns while completing all but one pass attempt. He ran for another 13 yards.

“He’s pretty good,” Grubich said of Tomcufcik who has yet to throw an interception this season. “He’s getting better each week, but we’re still not satisfied.”

Jack Porter added 178 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries and another 40 yards on three catches. Bransen Stanley also had a standout performance with 173 yards and a touchdown on 11 catches.

Joseph Robinson led the Beavers with 104 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

With the win, the Bombers have all but guaranteed themselves a spot in the Division III, Region 9 playoffs. But with three weeks remaining, Grubich stated that the team’s message has not changed for his team.

“The chase is on,” Grubich said. “We’re still focused on the next game and trying to get better week in and week out.”

Kenston (7-0, 4-0) will travel to Madison next Friday night, while Riverside (5-2, 3-1) will host Willoughby South. Both games kick off at 7 p.m.

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