Bombers Offense At 50 Points Per Game
September 7, 2023 by Daniel Sherriff

The last time the Kenston Bombers lost the Battle of 422 against their archrival Chagrin Falls was during the 2013 season.

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The last time the Kenston Bombers lost the Battle of 422 against their archrival Chagrin Falls was during the 2013 season.

Bombers Head Coach Jeff Grubich said he still has some bad memories from that game, but Kenston has dominated the rivalry since then, winning the last seven contests including a 55-7 victory on Sep. 1 at Kenston Bombers Stadium in Bainbridge Township.

It’s special,” said the 12th-year coach. “You saw the old-timers and the alumni that came back today. It is important to them. I was getting text messages and best wishes starting on Sunday night. This community and this school and the alumni take a lot of pride in this rivalry, and any time you can get on the right side of the scoreboard against these guys is special.”

The Bombers (3-0, 0-0) and Chagrin Falls (2-1, 0-0) entered the rivalry game each boasting undefeated records, but only Kenston continued its winning streak.

In the Bombers’ first three games of the season, they have outscored their opposition by a 154-34 margin.

Kenston is striking fast and often, and senior tailback Sean Patrick said he hopes it bodes well for the Bombers when the team eventually begins Western Reserve Conference play in a few weeks.

It’s very important,” he said, “just so that the next opponents know what is coming.”

On Friday, the Bombers went three-and-out on their opening drive and punted the ball back to Chagrin Falls.

On the Tigers’ very first play from scrimmage, sophomore quarterback Jacob Kay was intercepted by Patrick on a rollout to his right, setting Kenston up at the Tigers’ 41.

The 5-foot-11 tailback needed only two plays to push the Bombers out in front when he galloped for a 35-yard touchdown run, giving Kenston a 7-0 advantage.

I’m not even sure if Sean touched the ball on those first three plays,” Grubich acknowledged. “We have to get that kid some touches and make sure he can exert his will to start off a game.”

On the ensuing drive, Chagrin Falls stayed aggressive, opting to go for it on fourth-and-one at its 44, but sophomore running back Jack Gellin was stuffed at the line of scrimmage, forcing a turnover on downs.

According to Grubich, Kenston expected the Tigers to take their chances early and often and were prepared to play four downs of defense to get the ball back.

We expected them to go for it on fourth down,” he said. “We worked on fourth down plays because in this kind of fight, it is important to control the ball and battle and keep the other team’s offense off the field.”

The Bombers continued capitalizing on the short field, and Patrick made Chagrin Falls play by rushing for a 24-yard touchdown, increasing the lead to 14-0.

Chagrin Falls did not abandon its aggressive strategy, choosing to go for it again on another fourth-down attempt in Bomber territory. But Kenston’s defense prevailed again, forcing another turnover on downs.

The Bombers marched down the field, and junior quarterback Lucas Kaltenbach capped off a 10-play, 70-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Tymir Cardona, extending Kenston’s advantage to 21-0.

The Tigers could not gain any traction on offense in the first half, and Patrick was unstoppable, adding two more touchdowns on a 41-yard touchdown run and a 50-yard touchdown reception, propelling the Bombers to a 35-0 lead.

Before the first half ended, the University of Akron commit recorded 151 rushing yards and three touchdowns on only nine attempts and 50 receiving yards on one touchdown reception.

My favorite part was just seeing the guys do their thing,” Patrick said. “We preached throughout the whole week: instead of being individuals, be better teammates. So it was great.”

Kenston stretched its lead to 42-0 when Kaltenbach tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Cardona before the end of the first half, triggering the running clock in the entire second half.

This week, the Bombers will hit the road and take on Villa Angela-St. Joseph at Korb Field in South Euclid. Chagrin Falls will host Conneaut at C.S. Harris Stadium the same night.