Alex Kocheff returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown as Kenston opened Chagrin Valley Conference play with a 35-12 victory over Wickliffe on Friday night at Bomber Stadium.
Kenston has won two straight after starting out the season 0-2. The Bombers are 2-2 and 1-0 in the CVC Chagrin Division. The Blue Devils are 2-2, 0-1. It's also the second straight week the Bombers returned a kickoff for a touchdown as Joey Tomcufcik brought one back the previous week in Kenston's win over Brush.
The Brush game could be a turning point for the Bombers as they trailed, 20-17, at halftime to the Arcs, but came back to win, 31-27.
"Something happened to us at halftime of the Brush game," Thompson said. "We made a commitment not to lose that game."
Nick Lombardy had another big game for Kenston as he rushed for 178 yards and scored two touchdowns. He's rushed for more than 300 yards in his last two games.
Austin Zachem rushed for a touchdown and threw one to Lenny Stanley.
Kenston coach Pete Thompson saw his Bombers get shut out in the first week of the season. However, they've bounced back to average nearly 31 points per game since that loss.
"I couldn't be more pleased with the offense," Thompson said. "The offensive line is starting to gel."
Overall, Kenston rushed for more than 300 yards.
"The defense is not there yet," Thompson said. "We have a lot of work to do on defense. Wickliffe ran the ball at will on us."
Thompson was asked what the Bombers need to improve on defensively.
"It sounds simple," Thompson said. "We had guys in position, but they were not able to get off blocks or make tackles. Those are the two most fundamental things in football."
Kenston will put its two-game win streak on the line this week as the Bombers travel to play rival Chagrin Falls (4-0, 1-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at Harris Stadium at Chagrin Falls High School. The Tigers just beat Aurora, 17-10, in overtime at Aurora.
"That's a back-to-back state championship football team," Thompson said. "The beat goes on for them. I've watched them on film and I think their defense is playing at a higher level than the last two years."
Chagrin Falls has won 23 of its last 24 regular season games and three straight against the Bombers. Kenston led Chagrin Falls last season, but lost, 27-26, in overtime.