Kenton, Fourth of July will produce plenty of fireworks this year

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Kenton Football

It’s appropriate that we release Kenton’s preview on the Fourth of July, because the Wildcats should light up plenty of skies, defenses and scoreboards this fall. Head coach Mike Mauk enters his 29th season at Kenton with a squad capable of challenging for the program’s third state title and fourth championship game appearance. His son leads the way at QB…


Kenton (10-2)
Division IV
Region 16

2009 Record: 10-2, Regional Semifinals

* Players to Watch – QB Maty Mauk (6-1, 185, Jr.); WR Max Morrison (6-0, 170, Sr.); WR Dustin Howell (6-0, 180, Sr.); WR Andrew Tillman (5-10, 160, Sr.); WR Bobby Handell (6-1, 225, Sr.); OL Matthew McKinley (6-4, 215, Sr.); OL Garrett Miller (6-1, 240, Sr.); OL Gabe King (6-1, 190, Jr.); DL Charlie Hinkle (6-2, 250, Sr.); DL Isaac Jeffers (6-4, 210, Jr.); DB Brice Fackler (6-3, 195, Jr.); LB Scot Gammon (5-10, 175, Sr.)

* Outlook –  It’s appropriate that we release Kenton’s preview on the fourth of July, because the Wildcats should light up plenty of skies, defenses and scoreboards this fall.

Head coach Mike Mauk (178 career wins) enters his 29th season at Kenton with another solid team ready to compete for its third straight Western Buckeye League title and a return to the playoffs. The squad could also challenge for the program’s third state title and fourth championship game appearance.

No doubt Region 16 is loaded with Kettering Alter and Clinton-Massie, but Kenton has the offensive talent to score with anyone.

Junior QB Maty Mauk – the head coach’s son – is one of the state’s top junior prospects and will continue to terrorize opposing defenses in the Wildcats pass-happy attack. Mauk enters his junior campaign with 7,849 career passing yards, which ranks 11th all-time in Ohio…already. He’s also thrown for 82 TDs in just two years.

What’s even scarier is that four of Mauk’s top five targets from last year return, including Morrison (offer from Air Force) who led the state in receptions (98), yards (1,538) and TDs (20) a year ago. Howell’s production the last two years is 116 catches, 1,700 yards and 17 TDs.

In all, eight starters return on offense, including linemen King, Miller and McKinley.

Defensively the Wildcats return just four starters (Hinkle, Jeffers, Fackler and Gammon). The No. 1 concern is experience on that side of the ball.

* Schedule – Kenton hasn’t faired too good in its opening game with Coldwater. The Cavs have won the non-league clash between former state champions eight straight times. This year though could be different. If Kenton wins its opener…watch out. An undefeated run isn’t out of the question.

8/27    COLDWATER 
9/3    VAN WERT
9/10    @ SHAWNEE (LIMA)        
9/17    @ OTTAWA-GLANDORF
9/24    ELIDA
10/1    @ BATH (LIMA)    
10/8    CELINA
10/15    @ DEFIANCE
10/22    WAPAKONETA
10/29    @ MEMORIAL (ST MARYS)

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