Kenston Wins on Homecoming Night to Keep Pace
October 15, 2021 by Jason Baxter

Junior kicker Parker Munday ended up the Homecoming hero for Kenston in a 3-0 win over Willoughby-South as weather conditions remained as uncertain as the offensive playbook for both teams. 

Junior kicker Parker Munday ended up the Homecoming hero for Kenston in a 3-0 win over Willoughby-South as weather conditions remained as uncertain as the offensive playbook for both teams. 

South and Kenston entered the game with a combined record 13-1, with two potent, but injury-riddled offensive units. By the end of the night, the star of the show was the Kenston defense, led by junior linebacker Ben DiMarco.

“Nobody covers defense and our defense has been solid all year,” Kenston Head Coach Jeff Grubich said. “We had one bad game a couple of weeks ago, and we never even really got a chance, but we’ve been hanging our hat on defense around here for a long time.”

DiMarco seemed to be in on many stops for the Bombers from his linebacker position, but none was as large as his interception on fourth down. The play ultimately ended the game and sealed the Bombers victory. 

“I dropped in my zone, I’m not supposed to look at the quarterback, and that’s exactly what I did,” Dimarco said. “I’ve been in that situation before, but yeah it was a good feeling.”

The Bombers would hold the Rebels to 173 yards, most of which came on the ground, though they were held to only 3.9 yards per carry on 32 rushing plays.

They also held South backup quarterback Gabe Hanzlik to 5-22 and 47 yards. His biggest mistake of the night, though, came on the game-clinching interception he threw to Dimarco. 

“I’d say the defense was the hero and Ben Dimarco’s a legend on that defense,” said Grubich. “He’s been working hard and we practice ball security takeaways everyday and you saw that hard work pay off. I cannot say enough about the defense tonight. Hell of a job, coaches got them ready to play and man, our kids battled.”

The lone score in the game came off the foot of the aforementioned Munday, who also serves as a heady forward for the boys varsity soccer team, came through in the clutch with a 26-yard field goal to end the first half. 

The Bombers were able to move the ball more efficiently in the third quarter, especially when junior J.P. Germano moved to quarterback creating a rushing threat with sensational sophomore running back Sean Patrick.

The two put together a drive that would end in a turnover on downs on the first play of the fourth quarter at the South 3-yard line. The Bombers would go four-and-out on their only other possession of the fourth quarter. 

Despite the late game adjustment freshman Dylan Krupp finished the game with 85 yards passing on 13 completions. Krupp has started to settle into the starting role following the injury to Nikko Georgiou and Germano moving back to receiver after a stint at quarterback. 

“The last couple of weeks we have been working with J.P. at quarterback, Krupp at quarterback,” Grubich said. “ I think it makes teams have to prepare for both kids, I think you saw that tonight J.P. was able to seal the victory for us.” 

Regardless of who has lined up at quarterback, the Bombers have seen consistency from Patrick. He entered the game with 734 yards rushing, finishing the South game with 130 yards on 25 carries. He is on the verge of 1,000 yards on the season, needing only 136 yards to finish the season. 

The game adds a bit of complexity to the WRC title chase, as both Kenston and South have one loss in conference each. Kenston’s lone loss on the season was to undefeated Chardon. 

South will host the Hilltoppers this Friday. A win by Chardon would at least give them a share of the WRC title with the opportunity to clinch outright in Week 10. Kenston will host Riverside this Friday for Senior Night