Kenston Wins Playoff Opener over Harvey
November 5, 2021 by Jason Baxter

After a slow start in the first quarter, Kenston would score 38 points over the next two quarters to win their first OHSAA playoff game over Painesville Harvey, 38-15. The Bombers improved to 10-1 on the season and 6-0 at home.

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After a slow start in the first quarter, Kenston would score 38 points over the next two quarters to win their first OHSAA playoff game over Painesville Harvey, 38-15. The Bombers improved to 10-1 on the season and 6-0 at home.

Kenston welcomed back junior quarterback Nikko Georgiou and senior tight end Ryan Miller. Georgiou’s impact could be felt right away, as he would throw for three touchdowns in the second quarter.

It was huge. We had a great week of practice. It’s great to get those two kids (Miller and Georgiou) back on the field,” Kenston coach Jeff Grubich said. “They’re great leaders. Real good football players, but more so their leadership getting them out there again. It was important to get them out there in a game like this competing again.”

Georgiou would find Tymir Cardona on a long 55-yard pass to give the Bombers a 10-0 lead with 11:31 left in the quarter. It was like he never left, as Cardona caught the ball in stride before finding the endzone.

We threw when we could tonight, we also thought we could hand it off to Sean (Patrick) just about every play,” Grubich said.

About seven minutes later, Georgiou would find sophomore running back Sean Patrick from 16 yards out, extending the lead to 17-0. Patrick would then do his part running the ball, scoring on an 8-yard run.

We have athletes at every position,” Patrick siad. “Since we’re not just running it every game — now being able to throw more with Nikko back — it’s going to spread out defenses. We can pick either or (pass or run).”

Patrick finished the game with 71 yards rushing and 34 yard receiving on the night. Though his 71 yards were dominant. Patrick has really shown his ability at times this season, he finished the regular season with 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns.

Though complimentary of his young running back Grubich was also quick to point out the effort he has seen from his offensive line. Especially how they have played with different signal callers under center.

It comes down to the front five, that’s the bottom line, that’s what you should be writing about,” Grubich said. “Through these injuries, they have carried us. They have been the ones taking care of it for us.”

Georgiou would then find Lucas Simmons for a 39-yard touchdown connection to give the Bombers a 31-0 halftime lead.

This was the first time the Bombers had Georgiou at quarterback since he left the Sept. 4 game at NDCL. The Bombers had gotten by with the help of J.P. Germano and freshman Dylan Krupp filling the big shoes of Georgiou.

It felt great, that was such a long time out for me. I have never experienced that before. It just felt great to be back tonight,” Georgiou said. “Being injured for that long definitely test the mental aspect of football. I just powered through it. Krupp and Germano got us to the playoffs and I got a chance to play again.”

He would finish the night 11-of-17 with 187 yards and the impressive four touchdowns. The fourth touchdown came at the end of the third quarter when he found Carson Rivera-Gebeau. That touchdown would put the Bombers up 38-0 heading to the fourth quarter.

With the win, the Bombers will now host powerhouse Steubenville Friday night. Steubenville outlasted Tallmadge 41-35 in their postseason opener.

The Big Red have a 9-2 record on the season. The winner will advance to play the winner of Dover-Aurora on Nov. 12.