SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Shawnee’s coaching staff tried its best during practice to emulate Kenton’s passing attack.
It proved to be not near enough as Kenton steamrolled Shawnee 66-42 Friday in Western Buckeye League football action at Shawnee.
Kenton quarterback Grant Sherman completed 44 of 53 passes for 684 yards and nine touchdowns. Sherman’s nine TD passes matches the state record, while his total passing yards unofficially breaks the state record. Justin Sawmiller caught 15 passes for 318 yards and two TDs. Zach Wolowicz hauled in 11 balls for 145 yards. In all, Sherman connected with six different receivers on the evening.
Kenton’s high-powered offense was in full gear early, as Sherman threw for 570 yards in the first half. In the first quarter alone, Sherman threw for 335 yards on 22-of-26 passing.
“We just had a lot of trouble matching up with that,” Shawnee coach Dick West said. “We tried different things to try to slow them down. We just couldn’t do some of the things that we practiced and hoped that we could get accomplished on defense. Then, offensively, a couple fumbles really put us in a hole.”
Shawnee did, however, have some success on the offensive side of the ball. Quarterback Zach Bailey completed 11 of 16 passes for 139 yards and two TDs. Bailey also threw two interceptions. Cody Rollins threw a halfback pass to Casey Mulcahy for a 33—yard scoring strike.
On the ground, Shawnee managed to record 208 yards. Jaylin Thomas led the Indians with 50 yards on 15 carries. Tyler Frieson rushed for 38 yards on 11 carries and a TD. Frieson also ran back a kick-off 85 yards for a TD.
Kenton coach Mike Mauk applauded the performance of his offensive unit.
“He (Sherman) came out and did what we asked him to do. We had a lot of things that we felt we needed to do,” said Mauk. “We wanted to make sure we had good positive plays and move the ball up the field and get the ball to the guys we thought were going to be open. I thought Grant’s field generalship was outstanding. I thought his receivers caught the ball and I thought his line protected him and gave him time to throw the ball.”
Kenton is 3-1 overall and 3-0 in the WBL while Shawnee is 1-3, 1-2.