Mauk piling up numbers, Kenton piling up wins; Sound familiar?

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Kenton Football

The name Mauk rings loud and proud in Kenton, where head coach Mike Mauk roams the sidelines and former Wildcat and Wake Forest/Cincinnati great Ben Mauk established himself as Ohio’s most prolific passer ever en route to leading the Wildcats to back-to-back Division IV state championships in 2001 and 2002. Now there’s another Mauk to add to the mix. His name is Maty.


The name Mauk rings loud and proud in Kenton, where head coach Mike Mauk roams the sidelines and former Wildcat and Wake Forest/Cincinnati great Ben Mauk established himself as Ohio’s most prolific passer ever en route to leading the Wildcats to back-to-back Division IV state championships in 2001 and 2002. Now there’s another Mauk to add to the mix. His name is Maty.

Ben Mauk is the state’s all-time leader in passing yards for a career with 17,364, which is over 6,000 yards more than No. 2 Zac Dysert (Ada/Miami, OH). Mauk threw for 178 career TD passes, which ranks No. 1 all-time in Ohio including his 76 TD strikes in 2002 also ranking him No. 1 for a single season. His 60 touchdown passes in 2001 ranks third. Mauk also owns the top two single-season marks for yardage with 6,540 yards in 15 games during the 2002 season and 5,770 yards in 15 games during the 2001 campaign.

The numbers are mind-boggling – but will they last?

Fast forward to 2009, and Mike Mauk is still leading the troops under the headset, but now Maty Mauk is calling the signals on the field. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound sophomore is blistering defenses with his arm and legs to the tune of 36.5 points per game and a sizzling 46 points per contest over the Wildcats last four outings.

However, this isn’t the younger Mauk’s first year under center, as the future D-I prospect led Kenton to a (7-3) season in ’08 as a freshman. Te Wildcats started the season 0-3, but have since won 14 of their last 15 games.

Mauk threw for 3,309 yards and completed 62-percent of his passes last season while tossing 36 TDs and 16 interceptions. He ran for another 347 yards. That is what we like to call setting the bar high.

Mauk appears to have outdone himself in ’09, though, by not showing any signs of a sophomore slump. For the season, the strong-armed righty has thrown for 2,937 yards, ahs completed 64-percent of his passes and has 31 TD passes to just 10 picks. He has aired it out for over 400 yards on four separate occasions and only once (241 yards) was Mauk held under 300 yards (which came in a hard-fought 26-10 victory over a very good Ottawa-Glandorf team).

Besides selling popcorn at halftime, the youngster has found time to churn out 461 yards (5.1 ypc.) on the ground and nine more TDs..

Despite the numbers, Mike Mauk is not quick bestowing greatness on his son.

“First off, he has a very good offensive line that has done a tremendous job of protecting him,” Mauk said. “He also has very good receivers that make his job a lot easier.”

Mauk’s 6,246 yards passing is better than Ben’s yardage (5,053) at this point in their careers. Kenton still has at least two regular season games left.

“The situation is under different circumstances,” Mike Mauk said. “When Ben was Maty’s age we were just putting in this offense, so the situation is a lot different. Not to mention Ben is helping out as volunteer assistant for us this year, which is a big help to Maty’s progress as a quarterback.”

With any great offense, the quarterback is not acting alone, and that is true in this situation. Mauk is blessed with a huddle that is second to none.

“We have a very unique group of wide receivers,” Mike Mauk said. “We have some that are tall, short, quick, fast, and strong, but the one thing they all have in common is good hands and the ability to run good routes.”

The line Mauk speaks of has progressed very well. They aren’t big, but they work well as a group.

Sophomore Gabe King (6-0/200), seniors Greg Newland (5-10/200) and Cody Goslee (6-1/200) and juniors Matt McKinley (6-4/210) and Garrett Miller (6-1/240) make up the offensive front five that protects the gun-slinging sophomore.

Junior Max Morrison (6-1/165) leads the receiving corps  with 60 receptions for 857 yards and 13 TDs. Junior Dustin Howell (6-0/180) is next with 54 grabs for 689 yards and eight scores, while senior Daniel Lombardo has hauled in 48 receptions for 526 yards and four TDs.  Junior Andrew Tillman (5-10/160) has 40 catches for 540 yards and six scores.

One of Mauk’s top targets from ’08, junior Bobby Handell (6-1/205), caught 27 passes for 220 yards before moving to the defensive side of the ball. Last year, Handell caught 66 passes for 595 yards and eight TDs.

Kenton is currently (7-1) ranked No. 3 in Division IV, Region 16 behind Clinton Massie (8-0) and defending D-IV state champion Kettering Alter (8-0). The Wildcats lone setback came to Coldwater (29-26) in week one.

“There are some good outstanding football teams in our region,” Mike Mauk said. “Advancing, if we are fortunate enough to make the playoffs, will be a very difficult task with teams like Alter and Clinton Massie lurking. Most of the teams we have never played before other than Alter once. We know they are very good and the defending state champions for a reason, so staying away from them would be a good idea. Though, it is the playoffs and most teams will be very strong. Our region has some quality defenses.”

Kenton has quality wins over five-win clubs Van Wert and Shawnee and a victory over Ottawa-Glandorf (6-2). It will look to close out the regular season with wins over Wapakoneta (1-7) and Memorial (5-3).

“We have two tough league games remaining, so are goals are not complete,” Mauk said. “Our first goal was to have a winning season and next was to win the league. We have accomplished the first, but the second is still out there.”

Comparing era and teams is a difficult task, and Mauk is not ready to put this team in the conversation with teams of the past.

“Those teams were a lot bigger in terms of size and strength up front,” Mauk said. “I am not sure this team has the overall team speed of those championship teams, and we were also very good on defense at that time. We lost a lot on defense from last year, so the question is can we defend against some of the real good competition out there in the state? It will be a tough task to duplicate what those teams did, so we are just hoping to compete and advance.”

Kenton’s offense gives them a chance against anyone.

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