The Kenston Football team season is over and we finished with a great record of 7-5. The senior class has set the tone for years to come and have boosted the confidence of young Bombers. The coaching staff and seniors have hopefully started a new tradition of playoffs every year! Although the football season is over, we can't wait to get back at it! Zach Silbermann said, "I can't wait for the season to start again!" The Bombers will be working hard to make it even further next year!
All week long, Kenston football coach Jeff Grubich fretted about the field conditions at Tallmadge's Rossiaky Stadium.
He should have consulted Darryl Richards.
Or defensive lineman Ryan Snedeker.
They had no problems.
TALLMADGE — All week long, Kenston heard a No. 8 seed could not beat a No. 1 seed, but the Bombers refused to listen.
They practiced outside on a muddy field in the rain, cold and during the effects Hurricane Sandy to prepare for their Division II regional quarterfinal game at Tallmadge on Friday night.
Their hard work and determination paid off in a 26-23 victory. The playoff victory is the Bombers' first in 17 years.
Not too many teams can lose their first two games and get into the playoffs. And not too many teams can lose their last two games and get into the playoffs.
The Kenston Bombers (6-4) managed to do both this season as they hit the road Friday to kick off postseason play in Division II Region 5 at 7 p.m. against the top-seeded Tallmadge Blue Devils (8-2).
"Yup, we back-doored our way in," Kenston head coach Jeff Grubich said.
It was a chilly February day when new Kenston football coach Jeff Grubich met with his players for the first time.
Standing in front of a group of boys who were about to play for their third head coach in as many years, Grubich asked what the boys expected out of the season and then told him what his goals were.
"You could tell he was high on us," senior quarterback Daryl Richards said. "He wanted to win it big the first time."
The Bombers are getting close to doing that.
Has a trap been set for the Kenston football team this week?
The Bombers are coming off a 34-14 victory over Perry and will take on winless Harvey at 7 p.m. Friday in Painesville.
BAINBRIDGE TOWNSHIP - The Kenston football team has been riding high since defeating rival Chagrin Falls to take control of the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division race two weeks ago. Perry looked to steal a victory on the all-weather turf at Kenston Bombers Stadium.
The Bombers (5-2, 4-0) are still in control of first place as they dominated the Pirates, 34-14.
The Kenston football team took over sole possession of first place in the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division, but it wasn't easy as the Bombers needed a big fourth quarter to defeat Orange, 65-37, Friday at Orange High School.
Kenston has won four straight after opening the season with two losses. Overall, the Bombers are 4-2 and 3-0 in the Chagrin Division. Orange is 1-5, 0-3 and have lost four straight.
On Wednesday, September 26, Mr. Gabram returned to our school with the Kenston and Chagrin rivalry trophy. The trophy returns to Kenston after a 5 year absence. Our current seniors had never beaten Chagrin before. Sam Coverdale said, "Tiger meat taste sweet." The trophy was started by Coach Rick Adams who was the varsity football coach from 2004-2007. Congratulations Bombers and keep it going!
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Not too many people picked Kenston to win. Many of the home fans were skeptics themselves. But that didn't stop the Bombers from beating Chagrin Falls, 28-17, on their homecoming gridiron last Friday.
It was the first time Kenston beat the Tigers since 2007, and it couldn't have happened on a bigger stage. Chagrin went into the game ranked No. 1 in Ohio's Division III and was riding a 20-game regular season win streak, while defending three consecutive Chagrin Valley Conference titles.
The Bombers (3-2, 2-0) now control their own fate as the conference favorites.
Friday night's neighborhood rivalry between Kenston and visiting Chagrin Falls was a game of firsts.
It was the first time the Tigers entered The Battle of Ole 422 as the state's top ranked team in Division III.
It was the first time the Bombers' first-year head coach Jeff Grubich squared off against his alma mater and former head coach.
Tears were shed at Bomber Stadium on Friday after Kenston's 28-17 victory over Chagrin Falls.
They weren't shed by the Tigers, who had their 20-game regular-season winning streak snapped.
The tears belonged to some of the members of the Bombers. They were tears of elation, according to first-year Kenston coach Jeff Grubich.
BAINBRIDGE – Kenston ended Chagrin Falls' 20-game regular season win streak led by a great defensive performance as the Bombers defeated the Tigers on homecoming 28-17 Friday night at Bomber Stadium at Kenston High School.
It all starts up front.
Win the battle on the line of scrimmage, then get the ball into the hands of speedy playmakers and make stops on defense, and you have the formula for success.
Kenston had all that and more going for it on Friday night in a Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin opener at Wickliffe. Dominating physically on both sides of the ball, the Bombers rode a 15-carry, 206-yard, six-touchdown performance by senior halfback Nick Lombardy to a 63-30 victory.
The evolution of Darryl Richards continued at the expense of Brush. The first-year Kenston quarterback scored four rushing touchdowns to lead the Bombers over the Arcs, 30-16, Friday night at Bomber Stadium.
Richards had 17 rushes for 141 yards while completing 15 of 26 passes for another 113 yards. Nick Lombardy also had a big game on the ground as he rushed for 170 yards on 35 attempts.
Defense kept the Kenston football team in the game, but the Bombers couldn't quite get going offensively in a 17-14 loss to Hudson on Friday night in Hudson.
First-year coach Jeff Grubich led Kenston as a head coach for the first time.
"It was a good game in terms of both sides being competitive," Grubich said. "It was a lot of fun. We competed for four quarters.
The Kenston Bomber football team has been working very hard in the weight room for the past eight weeks. From running, catching and throwing, the Bombers are already preparing for the season. The Bombers have added the upcoming ninth graders to their workout routine. Sean O'Connor said, "It's good for the eighth graders to get the experience their upcoming freshman year so they can get use to the offense and defense of our new coach. It will definitely help them in the long run." April 16 was the first day that college coaches could come and watch players work out and also call them. Many coaches have come up to the school such as West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Boston College, and Toledo. The coaches come in and say that no one brings the intensity that the Kenston Bombers bring at 5:45. Keep up the good work Bombers!