Comets Contain the Bombers for First Win of 2013

I pulled into the parking lot for Kenston’s Bomber Stadium and was shocked. I hadn’t been to the stadium in such a long time and what was in front of me was definitely not there in the past.

I opened my car door to get my equipment out and saw a huge wind turbine right outside the stadium. I know it has been several years since the Comets played at Kenston but I don’t recall the wind turbine at all. The sight of it was incredible and would later provide an awesome background for several shots later on.

The field turf installed into Bomber Stadium really has given it a nice touch. The stadium had natural grass the last time I had been there and the field turf really made the stadium look like new. It was like adding new paint inside a house; the same structure is there but you get a whole new feel.

These teams were rivals back in the old days of the Western Reserve Conference and the stands were often packed. Oftentimes, the two teams would meet late in the season when playoffs and championships were on the line. The meeting between the two teams often created anticipation and excitement.

Last night was no exception.

With it being the first game of the season and the weather nice, both sets of stands were filled to capacity. It makes for an awesome atmosphere when that happens. With several weeks of training camp and practice, it was evident both teams were ready to play an actual game instead of scrimmages.

On the opening kickoff, Kollyn Crenshaw took it all the way into the endzone for a touchdown. I’ve been covering high school football for many years and it was the first time I had ever seen the first kickoff of the season taken straight into the endzone. The Solon crowd ate it up like you would not believe and created an incredible energy inside the stadium.

Kenston would later counter with an 81 yard touchdown pass from Jake Silberman to Jeremy Wyers. Kenston would later take a 14-7 lead after Pedro Valasco intercepted a pass for a touchdown.

John Sensibaugh would later tie it at 14-14 to cap off the first quarter. Solon would eventually go into halftime with a 24-14 lead thanks to a Keon Hemmerlein field goal and an Antwain Hamilton 87 yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

As the sun was setting in the first half, it made for some incredible pictures. I tried to get shots with the sun setting in the background and with the wind turbine as well. Both features made the experience unique and unlike a lot of the other stadiums we visit.

Both teams seemed dead even in the first half; the second half would prove otherwise.

Solon outscored the Bombers 24-7 in the third quarter. Solon’s defense picked it up and Kenston had difficulty putting together drives. Another field goal by Hemmerlein and touchdowns from Crenshaw, Hamilton and Gil Barksdale helped cap off the victory.

Barksdale and quarterback Ryan Gallagher were two younger players that stood out for Solon. Barksdale was playing in his first varsity game for the Comets and Gallagher played sparingly last season. Gallagher did throw an interception that led to a touchdown early on in the first half but was really accurate and impressive once he settled down in the second half.

The Solon student section was really into the game despite it being lopsided in the second half. That will be huge next week when the Comets come home for the first time this season to play Glenville.

 

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~ by jeffrsabo on August 31, 2013.

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