Hopes of winning the season opener after going 0-10 last year were dashed Friday for the Comets.
Feeding on the energy that comes with home field advantage, the Kenston Bombers had a 21-17 come-from-behind win, scoring with less than five minutes on the game clock during a non-conference bout in Chagrin Falls.
Amherst had led 10-0 at the half and held a three-point advantage after a frenzied third quarter.
Sophomore Cairo Smith opened the scoring early in the second quarter, punching in the ball from a yard out. Senior Ryan Sturgeon upped the lead by putting the ball through the uprights from 27 yards out to close the half.
Comets quarterback Johnny Matakovich, a senior, dropped a 50-yard bomb to junior Evan Shawver in the third.
Despite the loss, Matakovich racked up 240 yards in the air and 31 more scrambling. He spread the ball around all night, finding junior Nick Keron on a 66-yarder for the Comets’ biggest gain of the evening.
Khennedy Scagliozzo, a sophomore, picked up 55 yards on 10 carries to lead the Comets on the ground.
On the flip side of the line of scrimmage, seniors Mark Harris and Jeremy Smith and junior Aaron Gonzalez combined for 53 tackles.
Harris also picked up a sack to put back Kenston seven yards. On special teams, he had a 27-yard kickoff return.
The Comets are on the road again for game two, facing the Rangers in North Ridgeville. The Rangers dropped their opener 38-20 at North Royalton.
Photos by Joseph Colon | Amherst News-Times Amherst quarterback Johnny Matakovich scrambles out of the pocket during Friday’s 21-17 on-the-road loss against Kenston in Chagrin Falls.