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Kenston Scores Early, the Defense Does the Rest in 28-0 Win Over Riverside

first_img NEO HS Staff By Don DiFrancescoKenston 7 15 0 6 = 28Riverside 0 0 0 0 = 0PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Defending Ohio Division-3 champion Kenston scored on their first three possessions, then let their defense take over in a dominant 28-0 win over Riverside. Kenston got on the scoreboard quickly when senior quarterback Jon Tomcufcik connected with sophomore receiver J.P. Germano for a 24-yard touchdown with the game less than three minutes old. Riverside responded with a drive that produced three first downs before stalling at the Kenston 39. That would be the closest the Beavers would get to the end zone all night.Kenston showed a good mix of running and passing as they mounted a long drive that extended into the second quarter. The key play was a 24-yard pass from Tomcufcik to senior receiver JaVon Middleton that took the ball to the Riverside 1-yard line. Senior running back Jack Porter ran it in for a touchdown on the next play.Following a Riverside punt, Kenston put together another lengthy drive. This time, Tomcufcik finished it off with a 16-yard run over right tackle on a fourth-and-two play. A two-point conversion gave the Bombers a 22-0 lead with 4:58 remaining in the first half.From that point on the Bombers relied mostly on their running game to control the clock. When Riverside did get possession, they were unable to generate any significant yardage versus the tough Kenston defense.Kenston, who raised their season record to 8-1, scored their final touchdown on a 31-yard pass from Tomcufcik to senior receiver Tyler Mintz with 6:10 to play in the final quarter.With the loss, Riverside’s record falls to 4-5.1st QuarterKenston: J.P. Germano, 24 pass from Jon Tomcufcik (Blake Torres kick) [9:37]2nd QuarterKenston: Jack Porter, 1 run (Torres kick) [11:06]Kenston: Tomcufcik, 16 run (Ryan Miller pass from Tyler Mintz) [4:58]3rd QuarterNo scoring4th QuarterKenston: Mintz, 31 pass from Tomcufcik (run failed) [6:10] Related TopicsKenston BombersRiverside Beaverslast_img read more

LSU QB Harris anxiously waiting his next shot

first_imgBATON ROUGE – Brandon Harris knows he may not play Saturday night when No. 3 LSU hosts No. 3 Ole Miss in Tiger Stadium. And that’s killing him, but he is dealing with it and will be ready just in case.“Obviously, you want to be out there as a competitor. It’s so hard,” Harris said during a candid, 45-minute interview with Shreveport Times columnist Tim Fletcher on his hometown KWKH/1130 AM Radio in Shreveport Monday morning.“That’s one of the biggest adjustments in college because in high school, I was always a part of that. And if you’re not in there early on, it’s hard to watch,” Harris said. “You’re so competitive, and you feel like you didn’t help towards that victory if you don’t play. That’s one of the biggest things in understanding your role on the team.”A true freshman quarterback who threw for 3,172 yards and 34 touchdowns last season at Parkway High in Bossier City, Harris threw just one pass in LSU’s 41-3 home win over Kentucky last Saturday. And it was intercepted. He did not play the previous week in the Tigers’ thrilling, 30-27, victory at Florida.He suffered a minor ankle injury at Auburn and wore a protective boot for one day.“It didn’t affect my preparation. I went through a perfect treatment process throughout the week. I felt ready to go in the Florida game,” Harris said to Fletcher. “The opportunity didn’t present itself where I could win that game. Totally understandable. We won the game. So I mean that’s what it’s all about. We won. So there weren’t any complaints on my end.”Harris received permission from LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette to do the interview as Miles usually allows freshmen only to be interviewed after games in which they had a prominent role. Half of the interview did not deal with LSU football. Harris discussed the Parkway-Byrd game that was played Thursday night, his high school career among other things.Harris did address the Auburn game as Fletcher asked if the moment was too big for him as fans and radio show callers said in the days after the game.“I don’t think the moment was too big for me at all,” Harris said. “If I could do it over, I think that game would be a different outcome. You can’t rush basically God’s time. People want you to put up these numbers as a true freshman.”Harris completed 6-of-9 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns in less than four minutes against Mississippi State in a 34-29 loss on Sept. 20. Then he completed 11-of-14 for 178 yards and three touchdowns in a 63-7 win over New Mexico State on Sept. 27 but could not keep his momentum going at Auburn.“A lot of people are unrealistic when it comes to expectations right off the bat,” Harris said. “What they don’t realize is it takes time. And the moment was not too big at all at Auburn. I just had a bad game. And I don’t think that will ever happen again if I was to be granted that opportunity in the future to go out and play.”When that will be, Harris does not know.“I’m told every week to go into the game like you’re going to play,” he said. “And that’s what I try to do regardless. Obviously, you’ve got to be ready because you never know the situation. As a freshman, I’m hoping to go into every game and play a significant role or any type of role where I can contribute to help the team win. That’s my deal. Like I said, I’m just so competitive, and I just want to be out there so bad. I would hope they wouldn’t have recruited me here if I wasn’t competitive because it’s all about competing.”While waiting for his next opportunity, Harris tries to help his teammates win games by the way he practices.“Obviously, you want to be out there as a competitor. You get the opportunity, you want to help your team get the victory,” he said. “That can also find me practicing hard that week, giving our receivers opportunities that may help them get that victory.”Harris wants to be the first LSU quarterback from Louisiana to lead the Tigers to a national championship since Baton Rouge native Warren Rabb did so in 1958. Matt Mauck, the quarterback of the national champion Tigers in 2003, is from Jasper, Indiana. Matt Flynn, quarterback of the 2007 national champions, is from Tyler, Texas.“I could’ve gone anywhere in the entire country to play quarterback,” said Harris, who received scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Ohio State, UCLA, Texas A&M and several others.“I was loyal to the state. I tried to help recruiting and get other guys here. We had some guys who left the state. I stayed home, and that means a lot to me. At the end of the day, I just hope that pays off toward the end, and we go to a national championship one day down the road.”last_img read more