Columbian opens its season with Clyde for the second-straight year, meeting a squad that mirrors the Tornadoes in many ways.
Like Columbian, the Fliers lost a pair of regular season games, and like Columbian they advanced to the playoffs.
Clyde's season also ended in a tough loss. It fell to Eastmoor in the Division III regional semifinals, 14-12.
One of the Fliers 2011 losses came to Columbian, a 26-13 loss in the first week of the season.
Now the teams meet again, this time in Clyde.
"The similarities between the two programs are pretty strong," Columbian coach Brian Colatruglio said. "I think we both have the same kind of kids. Neither one of us is producing a lot of Division I talent; we're both always right there in the mix, making the playoffs and winning league titles. I think we both get a lot out of the type of tough kid that we have."
One of those kids is Clyde running back Brad Smith, who ran for more than 2,000 yards a season ago in being named Sandusky Bay Conference player of the year.
Smith first emerged in last season's game between Clyde and TC, rushing for 99 yards and a touchdown. But he didn't start the game, doing most of his damage after halftime.
Colatruglio said after that game, Smith became a major part of the Fliers' offensive identity.
"He's the focal point," Colatruglio said. "He's a hard, tough runner. He really cuts well. If we don't stay in our gaps and tackle people, he can rip some big runs."
Because of Smith's success a season ago, Colatruglio said the Fliers "simplified their offense," and the coach said he expects to see that tonight.
"They're gonna run a million formations, but only a handful of actual schemes," Colatruglio said.
The mentor is expecting to face a gritty Clyde defense.
"They've always played really good defense," Colatruglio said. "It's a staple of their football team. Offensively they may go from year to year, but the one constant has been their defense."
Clyde has a couple of strong inside linebackers - Thomas Glick and Bennett Brown- who Colatruglio said TC needs to contain.
"Two really, really good high school football players," he said. "We have to get those two guys blocked. There's no secret to that."
The coach said TC will use the ground game on offense, which makes sense with Jack Jacoby and Ryan Lynch coming back after big seasons.
"We want to establish the run; we want to keep ourselves a little ahead of the chains there," Colatruglio said. "One thing I'm very pleased with in scrimmages... I think we had one penalty and no turnovers."
Colatruglio said the players and coaches are ready to get going.
"It's been a long offseason, a long camp, two-a-days," Colatruglio said. "We're anxious. I am as much as the players. We're anxious to get out there and play under the lights."
Kickoff is at 7 p.m.