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Cougars Ground Bombers in 49-14 Rout Behind DJ Sears' 4 Touchdown Night

Bainbridge OH- The Lake Catholic Cougars (3-1) paid a visit to Bomber Stadium to play the Kenston Bombers (4-0) as both teams were coming off big Week 4 wins.

Kenston won the toss and elected to begin with possession. The Bombers started from their own 39-yard line. Lucas Kaltenbach would hand to Sean Patrick and throw to him a number of times for Kenston's opening offensive series. With the ball just outside the Cougar red zone, Ace Peterlin picked off Kaltenbach, setting Lake Catholic up from their own 23-yard line. With the early takeaway, it gave Cougars Coach Marty Gibbons' crew an early offensive series off a good defensive play.

Frankie Trinetti would lead a scoring drive, connecting with Peterlin and Cross Nimmo a number of times throughout the drive. It was DJ Sears who would hit paydirt first for Lake Catholic. He scored from three yards out, and following a PAT the Cougars lead 7-0. With the ball back in the hands of Lucas Kaltenbach following the turnover, the Bombers drive wouldn't last long. From their own 47, they were forced to punt following a 3rd down play where Kaltenbach was pressured on a corner blitz forcing an errant throw out of bounds. Ace Peterlin's jet sweep carry resulted in a tackle for loss by Colin Weiland. Losing a yard and sitting on their 24-yard line, Trinetti found Nimmo on the sideline, who then turned it upfield for a 76-yard touchdown. Following a successful point-after try, Lake Catholic led 14-0. Nearing the end of the first quarter, Kaltenbach found Dylan Krupp for his first catch of the night on the opening quarters final play.

The first play of the 2nd quarter was a Kaltenbach completion to Tymir Cardona for a gain of 18. Just inside the red zone, it became the Sean Patrick show. Chipping away run after run, working the Bombers down to the goal line. With their backs to the sunset, the Kenston offense would get on the board as Patrick scored from one yard out.

After giving up a touchdown, Trinetti orchestrated another scoring drive for the Cougar offense. After a run from Gregory Thomas, Josh Styles would gain 5 yards off a screen pass. A big gain followed, as Frankie delivered a pass to Jimmy Rhodes for a 25-yard gain, bringing Lake Catholic to the cusp of the red zone. DJ Sears was found wide open by Trinetti for the 17-yard score.

Now facing a 21-7 deficit, Kenston would get to work on offense once again. However, an array of penalties would stall the drive out, forcing another punt. Trinetti would gift the ball back to the Bombers, fumbling it into the arms of Ashton Kolenic. A Bombers offensive drive was sparked by Kaltenbach's first-down run of 15. Finding themselves inside the red zone, at the Cougar 14 on 4th down, Kaltenbach's pass was intercepted by Jimmy Rhodes, who went 94 yards to the house for a pick-six.

With the deficit now growing to 21 points, the Kenston offense wasn't able to muster much, being forced to punt again, setting up another Cougar touchdown. A big completion to Cross Nimmo put the Cougars at the Kenston 26. After working their way inside the 15, Trinetti hit Sears for his 3rd touchdown of the half.

Kenston would work their way into Cougar territory on the ensuing drive. Kaltenbach completed a pass to Krupp, who tossed it to Cohen Clark who would then make a sprint towards the endzone, coming up short after being tackled at the three. With the referee ruling he was tackled in bounds, the final three seconds rolled off the clock, sending this one into halftime with Lake Catholic leading 35-7.

With the 28-point lead and possession to start the 2nd half, Lake Catholic would again find a way to add on. A carry from Peterlin saw no gain. The next snap was a handoff to Styles, who bounced to the left and turned on the jets as he ripped off a 76-yard run to paydirt. After the big play touchdown, the Cougars now found themselves on top 42-7.

A nice 10 yard gain from Patrick, aided by his offensive lineman pushing the pile for a first down began the drive. But after being backed up to a 2nd & 14, Chris Vanjo got home for a sack on Lucas Kaltenbach. Tymir Cardona would find himself on the receiving end of an 18-yard completion from Kaltenbach, giving the Bombers a first down. The drive would lose life following the Cardona reception, Kenston turned it over on downs setting up yet another Cougar score. A 10-yard completion to Peterlin and an 8-yard dash by Styles had the Lake Catholic offense moving. Another 7-yard rush from Josh Styles set up the Cougars from the Kenston 45. A perfectly executed screen pass set up a 45-yard catch and run for DJ Sears, capping off his four-touchdown performance.

After the Sears touchdown and successful point-after try, the kickoff to Tymir Cardona nearly turned into a house call. Catching it at his goal line, he would return it all the way to the Cougar 10-yard line, which is where the Bomber offense would set up shop for the start of the 4th quarter, down 49-7.

Cohen Clark would take the first handoff to the endzone, scoring from 10 yards out. Backups began getting reps as the ball continued to exchange possessions. With that, and a running clock, that would put a cap on this one. Coach Gibbons and his Lake Catholic Cougars, led by 2025 QB Frankie Trinetti (4 Passing TDS) and 2025 TE/DE DJ Sears (3 receiving TDs; 1 rushing TD) pulled off a 49-14 win over Coach Jeff Grubich and the Kenston Bombers. Both teams head into week 6 sitting at 4-1. Lake Catholic faces off with Canton Central Catholic as the Bombers will renew their rivalry with the Chardon Hilltoppers.



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