KENTON – There are some similarities between Kenton and Galion.
Both football programs boast explosive offenses and very aggressive defenses.
Galion (9-1) will travel to Kenton (10-0) Friday night for a Division IV, Region 12 quarterfinal playoff game. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Robinson Field.
Kenton, The Associated Press Division IV mythical champion, averages 45.8 points per game and gives up just 7.2 points.
Senior quarterback Grant Sherman leads Kenton’s aerial attack. During the regular season, Sherman completed 297 of 453 passes for 4,062 yards, 45 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Justin Sawmiller leads the Kenton receivers with 105 catches for 1,648 yards and 17 touchdowns. Kollin Stollar has 62 receptions for 894 yards and 15 scores. Colyn Blackford has hauled in 54 passes for 695 yards and four TDs.
Defensively, Kenton has been solid, holding six opponents to eight points or less.
Kenton is coming off a 62-8 shellacking of Defiance in Week 10. Sherman threw for 431 yards and six TDs in the lopsided victory for the Wildcats.
Galion ended its regular season with a 27-0 victory over Upper Sandusky.
Galion has scored 36.3 points per game during the regular season. The Tigers’ offense is led by Northwestern University-bound Dareian Watkins, who has produced nearly 2,800 yards of offense and has accounted for 36 TDs. The versatile Watkins will play quarterback, as well as wide receiver and running back. Alex Armistad has accounted for 934 receiving yards and 13 scores.
On defense, Galion is holding opposing teams to 8.2 points per outing.
Longtime Kenton coach Mike Mauk realizes Galion will pose some challenges for his team.
“We know they’re a very good football team that features their quarterback,” Mauk said. “Their quarterback is going to Northwestern on a scholarship. They have good players around him, but they’ll do things to center the offense on their quarterback. They’re very good at what they do.”
Kenton ended the regular season second in Region 12, while Galion was seventh. Galion’s lone loss this season was to Wynford 14-13 on Oct. 11.
Mauk said there are a couple keys for Friday’s matchup with Galion.
“We need to first of all, stop the big plays. We have to force them to run their offense. And No. 2, we have to be able to score. We’ll need to score whenever we get the opportunity,” Mauk said.