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Kenton head coach Mike Mauk ditched the headset early in the second half.
Junior quarterback Grant Sherman was laughing along the sidelines with his teammates when the third quarter started.
Kenton did all the necessary work in the first half.
Sherman threw for 360 yards and seven touchdowns in the first two quarters of Kenton’s 56-7 win over St. Marys at Skip Baughman Stadium on Friday.
Photo Gallery: Kenton at St. Marys football
Sherman, a 6-foot-4 junior strong-armed quarterback who took over the position this season after the graduation of Ohio’s Mr. Football and all-time leading passer in national high school history Maty Mauk, took complete control of the game with early short jailbreak screens that brought the St. Marys secondary up. He then torched the Roughriders (0-2, 0-1 WBL) deep for strikes as the half went along.
“It was important that we came out with a couple positive plays,” Mike Mauk said. “Our quarterback knew where the defense was going to be and made good decisions and got the ball to who he needed to get it to. The offensive line did a good job of giving him time to make those plays.”
Sherman connected with seven different receivers in the first half while he was taking snaps out of Kenton’s wide-open five-wide offensive attack that was slowed down by Coldwater last week in a 41-22 loss.
His favorite targets were Zach Wolowicz, who had five catches for 96 yards and three touchdowns and Colyn Blackford, who had five catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Justin Sawmiller had a relatively quiet week with three catches for 63 yards and a score a week after he hauled in 16 passes for 178 yards against Coldwater.
Sherman bested any day by Maty Mauk against the Roughriders with his seven TD passes. Mauk threw six touchdown passes against St. Marys in 2010.
“It was nothing we hadn’t seen or prepared for,” St. Marys head coach Greg Phillips said. “Easily half the points came off flat-out missed tackles.”
The 56 points given up is the most by a Roughrider defense in the modern era, and the Wildcats put up all 56 in the first 24 minutes of the game.
St. Marys scored the lone touchdown of the second half with a Patrick Obringer one-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to cap the Riders’ best offensive drive of the night. St. Marys marched 45 yards in nine plays on a drive that Obringer carried the ball all nine times. The sophomore with a hard running style rushed for 52 yards on 13 carries to lead the Riders. Trent Wale picked up 49 yards on 14 carries.
Kenton has beaten St. Marys in five straight meetings.
1 2 3 4 — F
K 32 24 0 0 — 56
SM 0 0 0 7 — 7