Columbian travels to tangle with skilled Blue Streaks

Columbian has a winning record and Sandusky has a losing one.

The Tornadoes are on a three-game winning streak, while the Blue Streaks were roughed up in each of their first three games.

But Columbian coach Brian Colatruglio said tonight’s game in Sandusky isn’t about the records or the past. While may expect TC to win easily, the Tornado mentor said there’s more at work.

“I guess if you’re looking at just records, that’s what you look at,” he said. “We can’t worry ourselves about what they’ve done, what their record is and all that good stuff. We need to make sure that after a big win last week [over Norwalk] that we don’t take a step back. I think we’ve gotten better every week throughout the course of the season, we’ve shown steady improvement. The job this week is to continue on that course.”

Colatruglio said Sandusky has some players his squad has to be ready for. The Blue Streaks also have a trait that is troublesome.

“Their speed,” he said. “Their skill guys are pretty good. Ja’vion Moore is a punt returner/kick returner/receiver/quarterback. He’s a really talented football player.”

Sandusky’s lone win came last week against Shelby, when running back Gene Porter powered the offensive attack in the rain.

“Gene Porter, he’s the same way [as Moore],” Colatruglio said. “They really got him going last week. Partly because of the bad weather, they ran the ball a lot more than they had. They had some success, so I’d guess they would stick with it.”

The Columbian coach said he expects the Blue Streaks to be aggressive against the Tornadoes’ offense.

“Defensively they’re gonna come after us and again try to use their speed to their advantage,” he said.

If that means bringing pressure on the quarterback, Colatruglio said Stone Simmons is proving up to the challenge.

Simmons, who will start again tonight, is coming off his best game of the season, where he threw for 174 yards and a touchdown.

“He’s more comfortable in the offense, where he’s going with the ball,” Colatruglio said of Simmons. “It’s helped when teams play us man coverage, there’s not a lot of reads going on, we’re picking matchups and going after it. That makes the mental part a little easier, but he’s making some throws. He’s growing into the position, and I expect him to continue that. It allows us to be a lot more aggressive.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.