KENTON – Passing for 510 yards is a spectacular game for any high school quarterback.
But, when a quarterback accomplishes that feat in the first half, it’s nearly unbelievable.
Kenton didn’t waste any time in Friday’s Division IV, Region 12 quarterfinal game against visiting Galion.
Kenton quarterback Grant Sherman torched Galion right from the start, and by halftime had thrown for eight touchdowns to give his team a commanding 58-0 lead at the break.
With the huge halftime lead, Sherman did not even see the field in the second half. Kenton went on to record an easy 58-14 victory over the Tigers. Sherman ended the night, 37-of-50 passing.
With the victory, Kenton (11-0) will face Wooster Triway (10-2) in a regional semifinal next Friday at a site to be determined.
Kenton got off to a torrid start against Galion (9-2), scoring 38 points in the first quarter. Sherman was 22-of-29 passing for 268 yards in the first 12 minutes of the game.
“I thought it was really important that we got off to a great start,” Kenton coach Mike Mauk said. “We knew they had a pretty good football team, and they’ve had a lot of success early in their games. So, we wanted to make sure we got the momentum on our side. And we did that in the first half.”
On the night, Sherman connected with seven different receivers. Kollin Stollar had eight catches for 169 yards and four touchdowns. Justin Sawmiller hauled in 10 balls for 161 yards.
In the first half, Kenton amassed 522 yards of offense, while Galion managed just 60 yards of total offense.
Kenton ended the game with 544 yards of offense. Galion, which managed to score two TDs in the second half, ended the night with 225 yards.
Galion was playing without its starting quarterback, Dareian Watkins. Watkins was not in the lineup due to a suspension handed down by the school during the week. The Northwestern-bound Watkins has accounted for nearly 2,800 yards this season for the Tigers.
Josh Keller took the majority of the snaps for Galion against Kenton. Keller was 13-of-24 passing for 145 yards and an interception.
“Give them a lot of credit,” Galion coach Chris Hawkins said. “They’re a very, very good football team. But with the week we had, it was tough. When you lose 90 percent of your offense, it’s tough. I’m not saying it would be a totally different outcome, but it would have been a different story.”
Sherman said his team came out inspired and ready to play Friday.
“We just came out, and we just made our best effort. Everything was clicking tonight,” he said. “We just try to do what we can, every single day and try to get better.”
Hawkins credited Kenton with its defensive effort, as well as its offensive performance.
“The thing I’m most impressed with is their defense. I think their defense is what separates them from some of those previous teams,” he said.