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Kent Roosevelt controls Kenston

The key

For the second consecutive season, Kenston opened the year with a decisive loss to Kent Roosevelt and again it was the Roughriders' potent offense that did in the Bombers. Roosevelt's first punt of the game came with the Roughriders leading, 34-7, and just 10:42 left to play. Kent won, 34-14

The difference-maker

Roosevelt senior quarterback Evan Shimensky, a Kent State recruit, accounted for most of the Roughriders' offense. He totaled 298 yards and accounted for all of Roosevelt's scores.

Stats of the game

Shimensky finished 12 of 14 passing for 214 yards and four touchdowns. He added 84 yards on the ground and another score.

Kenston quarterback Austin Zachem led the Bombers with 89 yards on seven carries and one touchdown. Those yards came in the fourth quarter after the game already had been decided. Pat Porter pitched in with 73 yards on 13 carries before cramps forced him out of the game late in the third quarter.

The Bombers owned a 28:26 to 19:34 advantage in time of possession.

Quotes of the game

"We knew going in we had to keep them off the field. Our game plan was to try and establish the run to keep them off the field. Sometimes we did that." Kenston coach Roger Vasey

"We tried to simulate (Shimensky's) ability to scramble. That's hard to do. He's a very good football player, and he's good at taking what the defense is giving him." Vasey

"We're still evolving at the quarterback spot. We certainly wanted to grow throughout the evening." Vasey

"There were three things that went really well for us tonight. First, Evan created plays with his feet. Our offensive line blocks really well and our wide receivers are really good at making plays." Roosevelt coach John Nemec

Notes

Kenston senior running back/linebacker Percy Johnson, a transfer in from Michigan, sat out the game with a stress fracture in his back. He hopes to return in time for Kenston's Week 3 contest against Brush. ... The Bombers' best drive of the game came late in the second quarter when Kenston marched 68 yards in 17 plays, but ran out of time at the Roosevelt 7-yard line.

What's next

Kenston hosts Chardon on Friday