Bomber air it out to capture Division III title with 42-6 win over Kettering Alter.

CANTON  Third time was the charm for Kenston.

The Bombers had twice reached the state championship game in their football history — 1986 and 1995 — and suffered heartbreaking losses by a combined four points in those appearances.

Making its third trip to the title game on Friday afternoon, Kenston wasn't going to leave anything to chance. The Bombers rolled to a 42-6 win over Kettering Alter to capture the Division III state championship at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

"We heard from the alumni," Kenston coach Jeff Grubich said. "We heard from the guys on the '86 and the '95 teams. We've been bringing them in every week talking to the team on Thursdays. I just got (hit) with just the one word: 'Finish. Finish it and bring it home.' That was the message to our team."

The win caps a 14-1 season for Kenston, which led 35-6 after three quarters. Alter, which had been seeking its third title, finishes 13-2.

One play into the game, Kenston looked like its old title-game travails would haunt it some more. Quarterback Jon Tomcufcik was stripped of the ball by Matthew Schimpf and Alter's Mason Henry recovered.

That was about the only blemish for Tomcufcik on the day. The junior quarterback completed 16 of 23 passes for 285 yards with three TDs.

"I think we have the best receivers in the state of Ohio," Tomcufcik said. "It's just awesome throwing to those guys. They're straight-up playmakers and they make plays all over the field."

The first of Tomcufcik's scoring strikes, a 13-yard pass to Bransen Stanley, pulled Kenston even with Alter at 6-6 with 1:55 left in the first quarter. The Bombers made it 7-6 on the subsequent point-after kick by Anna Sanders.

Sanders' PAT made her the first female to score a point in an Ohio high school football championship game. She wasn't done there, as she finished with six PATs Friday.

"That's awesome, man," Grubich said Sanders' accomplishment. "It's a credit to the kids and the coaches. Last year, when we had our kicker go down and she wasn't even on our radar. ... Our kicking coach said she was going to do it, and he's done a great job getting her ready to go."

Tomcufcik added a second TD pass to Stanley — this time from 40 yards — as well as a 16-yard scoring strike to Tyler Mintz. It was Mintz who snuffed out Alter's threat after the initial fumble with an interception.

Jack Porter ran for three TDs: a 58-yarder on the first play of the second quarter for a 14-6 lead and two 11-yard bursts in the second half. Porter finished with 116 yards on 20 carries.

Alter opened the scoring. For a team built upon running the ball out of the wishbone, it took to the air to reach the end zone.

Connor Bazelak tossed a 19-yard pass to Derek Willits, who caught it with one hand for the 6-0 lead with 6:36 remaining in the first quarter. Kenston blocked the PAT.

"No matter what formation we go out of, the wishbone or the gun, we have to do a better job blocking," said Alter coach Ed Domsitz, whose team threw for 162 yards and ran for another 122, but had three interceptions. "We weren't very proficient at that. We didn't control the line of scrimmage."

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