Columbian looking forward to SBC Lake schedule

Columbian is the only 5-0 team in the Sandusky Bay Conference Lake Division this season.

The Tornadoes would like to stay unbeaten after a trip to Sandusky tonight to begin the league slate.

Columbian has outscored its opponents 197-20 this season, with the last two games being shutouts. The defense has been rock solid and limiting the big play, according to coach Judd Lutz.

“Defensively, we just have good weapons at all three levels,” he said. “We have done a good job of shutting down what the offense has wanted to do and kept their top players in check. We’ve been good about producing negative plays for their offense as well.

“We’ve been running to the ball well and getting off blocks and making plays. I couldn’t have asked for more so far, but we’ll have to continue that play (tonight).”

So far this season, the Tornadoes have caused nine turnovers and have only turned the ball over themselves four times.

Offensively, TC has versatility all over the field. Whether it’s the playmaking ability of receivers LJ Reaves, Jaxon Harris or Nick Koerper or sturdy running backs Nick Jackson and Kesean Jackson, the Tornadoes have been tough to stop.

“I feel like we have a good amount of skill all over the field there and our receivers have done a great job after the catch,” Lutz said. “There isn’t a selfish guy out there because they want to make that key block for their teammate and spring them for a big gain. A lot of that stuff doesn’t show up in the stat column, but we have a lot of unselfish guys.”

Lutz said the Blue Streak (4-1) defense hasn’t showed much blitzing on film this year, but has made a lot of plays though their athletic linebackers and tackling.

“They really tackle well and get off blocks. They make a lot of good plays without having to blitz, so that’s a sign of a good defense,” Lutz said. “We have to block them and try to take care of them as well as we can. If we don’t, it will be a long night.”

So far this season, the Blue Streaks have given up over 1,000 yards passing and eight touchdowns through the air and have allowed 532 rushing yards and seven scores.

TC quarterback Chase Frankhauser will try to capitalize on the pass defense. He has thrown for 592 yards and six TDs through three games.

Sandusky starts and ends with Bowling Green State University commit Terion Stewart in the backfield. But Lutz said there are other playmakers on the Blue Streak offense. The Blue Streaks also were hit with the injury bug at quarterback, which has resulted in JJ Henry and Michael Franklin playing, who is the coach’s son.

“It’s a shame to lose a good quarterback that early in the season,” Lutz said. “You hate to see it, but at this point, they’ve had a few weeks to prepare with their new guy and they know what works well and what doesn’t.

“It starts with Stewart, but they have some other capable playmakers on the outside as well. We have to keep an eye on them beside Stewart and we have to execute. That’s the most important thing.”

Stewart has had a stellar start to his senior campaign with 684 yards rushing on 65 carries. He has nine scores and is averaging 10.5 yards per carry. The leading receiver is Noah Caston with 15 catches for 223 yards and a pair of TDs.

“We just need to continue to play with the same effort and to keep improving every day and each practice,” Lutz said. “We need to hang onto the ball on offense and take it away on defense and don’t make mistakes schematically. If we do those types of things, I feel like we can continue to get better and we can keep growing as a football team.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.