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Canfield drops 25-17 win on Kenston Bombers

Cardinals attempt back-to-back wins Friday with the 2-1 Ashtabula Lakeside Dragons

September 17, 2015
By Nik Zirounis - Town Crier correspondent , The Town Crier

The secret to success for any Canfield football team is running the football.

So, the 250 yards gained by the Cardinals Friday in Chagrin Falls against the Kenston Bombers proved very successful.

Spurred by that terrific ground attack, the Cardinals went on the road and came home with an impressive 25-7 victory over the previously unbeaten Bombers.

''That was a good win against a quality opponent,'' Canfield head coach Mike Pavlansky said.

Leading the way for the Cardinals on the ground was quarterback Jake Cummings, who beat the Bombers with 99 yards rushing including a 12-yard touchdown run. He also moved the ball through the air with 57 yards passing.

After three games, the young quarterback has shown his coach that he is more than capable of carrying this Canfield team.

''Jake is playing well,'' Pavlansky said. ''He is grading out well every game, too. He's been picking out the right reads when we have needed him to pass.''

Canfield scored only one more touchdown and that came via the legs of Kato Kim, who had a 6-yard score late in the fourth quarter. That score answered Kenston's only touchdown of the game earlier in the final stanza. Jared Clark added 93 rushing yards for the victors.

Of course, Canfield's coach didn't think any of the wonderful running would have been possible without the help of his big kids on the offensive line.

''We have a bunch of seniors up front,'' Pavlansky said. ''That is the strength of our team. The backs ran hard, too.''

Aiding Canfields winning effort was kicker Ryan Teminsky, who connected on two field goals in the first quarter that staked the Cardinals to an early 6-0 lead. He also hit field goals at the end of the first half and midway through the third quarter. Two of Teminsky's kicks were from 42 yards out, proving just how valuable a leg this junior has.

Canfield will now try to carry the momentum of back-to-back wins into Friday's home game against Ashtabula Lakeside. This will be the initial game between the two schools, so the Canfield coaching staff will have little history to game plan around.

''(Lakeside) is a first-time opponent,'' Pavlansky said. ''It will be a tough game.''

Historically, the Dragons aren't exactly a juggernaut on the gridiron, but they have flipped things so far in 2015 with a 2-1 record.

''They are trying to turn things around,'' Pavlansky said.

Unlike the teams that the Cardinals have been used to playing this season, the Dragons are a run-first, pass-second outfit. Lakeside is hard to figure out on defense as well.

''They run about three different defenses,'' Pavlansky said. ''They run the pistol on offense, so our defense will have to shift from a stop-the-pass team to a stop-the-run team.''

The run, and not the Dragons' two-game winning streak, is the thing that the Cardinals want to stop the most on Friday.



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