Columbian leaves Streaks feeling Blue

SANDUSKY – There was more running, more defense and some big plays in the passing game.

In other words, it was just another Friday at the office for Columbian, which downed Northern Ohio League rival Sandusky, 42-12.

For the second week in a row, Ryan Lynch got a boatload of carries, and made the most of them. The Tornadoes’ running back, behind a superb effort from his offensive line, ran 26 times for 166 yards and four touchdowns. The Tornadoes’ other running back, Spencer Franklin, also was effective running for 79 yards.

“Controlling the line of scrimmage, that was the bottom line,” said Tornadoes coach Brian Colatruglio, whose team won for the fourth straight week and improved to 2-0 in the Northern Ohio League. “We did a good job of getting our run game going and controlling the ball.”

Sandusky slipped to 1-4, 1-1 in the NOL. The Blue Streaks weren’t able to get much of anything going against the TC defense. Though Sandusky scored 12 points, only six of them came off the defense.

That was on a 50-yard run by Ja’Vion Moore in the third quarter. The Streaks’ other score came after Columbian took a 7-0 lead on a Lynch-powered drive in the first quarter, when the Streaks’ Gene Porter returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.

The Streaks managed just 31 yards through the air, and while Moore – who lined up at quarterback – had 112 yards on the ground, Columbian was able to contain his big runs.

“I know what their record is, but man they’ve got talented football players, and then you saw some of the big runs they had,” Colatruglio said. “They’re scary.

“We did a good job, and that’s what we’ve done all year,” Colatruglio said. “Four of our five opponents we’ve held to one touchdown or less. That’s what we do. We’re still a work in progress, and these young guys, they just keep getting better every week.”

On offense, the Tornadoes also got help from their passing game. Quarterback Stone Simmons threw a pair of interceptions, but also a pair of touchdown passes – a 31-yard bubble screen to Cody Kimmet at the end of the first half, and a 7-yard completion to Russ Yeast in the fourth quarter.

Kimmet finished with two receptions for 47 yards.

The bubble screen was a big play, as it stretched the TC lead to 28-6 at the half. Columbian tried to run the play earlier, but the pass fell incomplete.

“But we knew, as aggressive as they are, the way they were blitzing up front, we knew we could slip that in there, that could be a big play,” Colatruglio said. “We haven’t seen Cody in the open field a whole lot, but man, when he gets there, he’s got some quicks.”

Simmons finished with 104 yards passing.