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.
After that, the Bombers have a road game against rival West Geauga (3-4, 2-2) and conclude the season at home against Aurora (6-1, 3-1), which could be not only for a Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division championship, but also a playoff spot.
Some teams might look past the winless Raiders to a rivalry game or a big regular season finale, but Kenston coach Jeff Grubich said he's confident his players will answer the call this week.
"What I told the kids right away (after the Perry victory), it's the same mantra," Grubich said. "Every week is a big game and every week we have to get better.
"Our goals are to compete for a CVC title and to compete for a playoff spot."The Bombers are 5-2 and 4-0 in the division. They are also fourth in the latest Division II region 5 computer rankings. Any loss would hurt as Aurora and Chagrin Falls (6-1, 3-1) are hot on the Bombers' heels and many teams in Division II are still fighting for playoff position. Right now, the Bombers are in position to host a first-round game, but again, a loss could ruin that opportunity.
Grubich said his seniors are doing a nice job of helping keep the team focused and motivated.
So the Bombers continue to hum along as the victory over Perry (3-4, 2-2) was their fifth straight.
The run game was strong again as Kenston just missed having two 100-yard rushers. Quarterback Darryl Richards rushed 12 times for 92 yards with three touchdowns and Nick Lombardy rushed 10 times for 97 yards and a score.
Unfortunately, Lombardy had to leave the game with a sprained ankle. Jeremy Wyers came in and did well, rushing 12 times for 47 yards and a touchdown. Richards now has 738 yards rushing on 7.3 yards per rush with 13 touchdowns. Lombardy leads the team with 956 yards on 6 yards per rush with 17 touchdowns.
The Bombers needed the big ground game because Richards struggled a bit passing the ball. He was 3 of 10 passing for 62 yards and an interception. Joey Tomcufcik caught two of the three passes for 55 yards.