TC hopes to end season on a high note

It’s been a tough season for Columbian and Willard.Each team comes into tonight’s season finale at Frost-Kalnow Stadium with just one win this season, and each has yet to record a Northern Ohio League victory.

Willard comes in having lost eight straight games; Columbian is riding a seven-game skid.

One of those streaks will end tonight.

Columbian coach Judd Lutz didn’t overstate the importance of winning the last game, but said it would be good for the program.

“Any win would be a great win, any loss is heartbreaking,” Lutz said. “We have the ability to win our last game and send out seniors out right.”

In order to get that victory, Columbian will have to contain the Willard quarterback, Ethan Daub, who has thrown for 1,324 yards this season, while registering 10 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions.

“He’s a very good athlete,” Lutz said. “They don’t run him a ton, but when they do he’s effective at it.”

Like Columbian, Willard has struggled to run the ball. Jarret Sowers is the squad’s leading rusher, with 286 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.

The Flashes do have a pair with more than 500 yards receiving on the season — Nick Cofer and Josh Buerger.Lutz said he needs his defense to be active in order to shut the Flashes down.

“Defensively we’ve got to move around,” Lutz said. “I wanna see guys flying to the football.”

Offensively, Lutz said the staff continues to work on the running game. The Tornadoes have accumulated 549 yards on the ground this season, ahead of only Willard in the NOL.

“We’ve continued to make small changes every week,” Lutz said of the running game, adding that he wanted both aspects of the offense to play off each other.

“They’ve got to complement one another,” Lutz said. “We have struggled with that. Hopefully we can get it going (tonight).”

A key to that will be quarterback Todd Simonds, a junior who Lutz said has done a good job both on and off the field. He comes into the season finale as the team’s leading passer and rusher.

“Todd has done a great job as a leader,” Lutz said. “We want to send him out (in the last game of the season) the right way and make plays for him.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.