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Several years ago, the Ohio High School Athletic Association started allowing high school football team to hold a third scrimmage known as a “jubilee.”
The Kenton Wildcats never took advantage of this and stuck with just two scrimmages.
However, with as many 15 new faces in the starting lineup this fall, Wildcat coach Mike Mauk decided to add that third tuneup this season.
On Friday, the Wildcats hosted Fredericktown in a jubilee, and the varsity team was outscored 3-2 in its half of action on the football field.
Wildcat quarter Grant Sherman threw for more than 200 yards, connecting with Justin Sawmiller on touchdown passes of 10 and 7 yards on Kenton’s first and third possessions of the game.
After allowing Fredericktown’s offense to take close to nine minutes off the clock and score on the first possession of the game, the Wildcat defense stiffened. It stopped the Freddies the next three times they had the ball before allowing another touchdown late in the second quarter.
Fredericktown also scored on a 46-yard fumble recovery early in the second quarter.
“Overall it was a good scrimmage,” Mauk said. “We have a lot of first-year starters and with our inexperience I thought it was important to give our players the chance to play on another Friday.”
He added he saw some good spots as well as some things the Wildcats need to work on.
“I thought our offensive line did a good job and our receivers made some catches,” he said. “We got a chance to face a good running team and see how we stack up against the run. We made some mistakes, but they’re all correctable.”
The Wildcats host Coldwater in their season opener at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
By KENDRICK JESIONOWSKI
Times sports editor