Friday night was cold, but the playing on the field was hot enough to warm you up. Kenston celebrated Senior Night with a win in a Chagrin Valley Conference matchup. Want to know what the final score was? Join me on the journey and you will find out.
After all the senior athletes and their escorts were introduced, it was time to start the game! Play started off with the Kenston Bombers kicking off to the Harvey Red Raiders. Harvey only had a couple plays before a fumble was caused by Kenston’s defensive line. Sam Gambatese was able to recover the ball and gave the Bomber’s possession of the ball. The offense took advantage of the turnover. With only a little over a minute into the first quarter, Parker Gdula throws a 43 yard touchdown reception to Mitch Lyon, getting the first points the game on the board. Parker Deuley finished off the score adding on the extra point. The Bombers were the first to score, and it would be just one of many. Harvey answered Kenston’s score when Kevin Peterson threw a touchdown pass to Lavell Morgan who completed the 20 yard pass and put 6 points down for the Raiders. Fernando Mendoza put the ball through the uprights tying the score at 7-7. The quarter ended with that score, and it was time to see Kenston show us more of what they are made of.
Pedro Velasco started off a huge quarter with a 15 yard touchdown run through the Raiders defense. Deuley put the ball through the uprights bringing the lead back to the Bombers with a score of 14-7. Harvey wasn’t able to do much with their next possession and was forced to punt. This time it was Drew Weninger who had the chance to hear his name called over the loudspeakers. Gdula threw a beautiful pass of 33 yards to Weninger to give the Bombers another touchdown reception. Deuley did his job and the score was now 21-7. On Harvey’s next possession, Kenston’s Rudy Rozsnyai stopped Harvey in their tracks with a sack for a loss. That wasn’t the first time his name was called and most certainly would not be the last time. Gdula made good on the stop with his longest pass of the game. He threw the ball deep to Ryan Cazzens which he brought down to score a 74 yard touchdown pass! Deuley put the ball up again and brought the score to 28-7.
Now it was time for Harvey to try to put points up. The Bomber’s defense held tight and were able to hold them. They didn’t want to let Harvey go into the half with another touchdown. With one minute left on the clock, Kenston made one last touchdown before it was the band’s turn to entertain us. Gdula made one last pass of the half with a 60 yard touchdown toss to Jeremy Wyers. Deuley made the kick and the Bombers finished the half with the lead of 35-7.
We were able to be entertained with a feature by the future Bomber band members. The 8th grade band showed everyone they are ready to march alongside the upper class men next year. Dressed in their blue shirts, they held their own on the field and brought smiles to their parents’ faces. The parents were proud and obviously excited to spend the next four years at the football games watching their kids entertain the crowd for seven minutes during half time and when the team puts those points on the board. As the band marched off the field, the teams ran on, and it was time to play the second half of a great Bombers game.
After only three minutes of third quarter off the clock, Velasco put his second rushing touchdown on the stats with a 31 yard run. Dueley made the point after attempt, and Kenston kicked off the second half with a score of 42-7. On Harvey’s next possession, Duncan Bauer recovered a Raider fumble giving the Bombers possession. Although Kenston had to punt the ball, they didn’t give Harvey the ball. Harvey mishandled the ball on the kick and Charlie Randall took advantage of it. He recovered the ball, giving the Raiders their third turnover. This time, it was James Bell’s turn to score. He ran the ball in 8 yards for a final Kenston touchdown. Deuley made his final kick of the game giving the Bombers a score of 49-7. After an amazing first three quarters, the whistles blew and it was time for the fourth quarter.
Even though Kenston was unable to score during the final quarter, they were able to get some fresh players out there and give them the opportunity to show what they can do. They were able to hold their own. Harvey was able to put one last touchdown on the board, but it was within the first two minutes of the quarter. Alonzo Turner finished off a long drive carried over from the third quarter with a 4 yard run to give the Raiders one last touchdown. Mendoza put the ball through the uprights and put 7 more points on the board for Harvey. Kenston ran down the clock to finish off the game with a final score of 49-14 for a huge Bomber win!
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The entire team played hard. Deuley threw four touchdown passes with a total of 210 yards between them. Weninger made plays on both offense and defense The defense held Harvey to only 14 points and forced four turnovers and the offense put up 49 points. This is a team that is well oiled, well prepared and knows how to play as one heartbeat. If you want to watch a team that is not going to let you go home disappointed, you should check out the Kenston Bombers.
They bring the West Geauga Wolverines to Bomber Stadium next Friday. That will be one game you do not want to miss. Congratulations to the Kenston Bomber Varsity Football team on your win! Congratulations to all of the Bomber senior athletes!
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