Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
October 18, 2018
GAME OF THE WEEK
Chardon at Kenston
The Division III AP No. 1-ranked Kenston gridders (8-0, 5-0) will have to play disciplined football when they host a desperate Chardon team (5-3, 4-1) in Western Reserve Conference action at 7 p.m. Friday in Bainbridge.
Kenston has the No. 1 spot and controls its own destiny in the Region 9 computer rankings, while the Hilltoppers are fighting for their playoff lives in the eighth spot.
One of two unbeaten teams in Division III, also including Bellbrook, the Bombers are coming off a grind-it-out win, 28-6, against Madison (2-6, 0-5) in a game they fed all-Ohio junior running back Jack Porter 41 carries for 290 yards and three touchdowns. It was the Bombers’ lowest scoring game and second-lowest margin of victory this season.
Defensively, junior linebacker Logan Vargo had 11 tackles, two for losses, while senior linebacker Matt Iklodi tallied 10 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, senior linebacker Joe Staudenbaur had eight tackles and sophomore linebacker Anthony Valocchi had eight tackles, two for losses, and a fumble recovery.
Chardon, under eighth-year head coach Mitch Hewitt, is riding a four-game win streak with the Hilltoppers’ lone league loss coming against Riverside, 28-27.
Most recently, Chardon defeated Brush (4-4, 2-3) by a 42-12 final in a game 6-foot, 190-pound senior halfback Jon McKnight led the Hilltoppers’ wing-T with 16 carries for 146 yards and four touchdowns, not to mention he also scored on a 58-yard catch from junior Max Vujaklija.
Defensively, Chardon lacks size but makes up for it with speed.
In 2017, Kenston defeated Chardon, 34-15.
TONY’S TAKE: Kenston wins, 38-27.