Columbian looking to bounce back
Columbian will not finish the season unblemished.
The Tornadoes have moved on after a 33-26 Sandusky Bay Conference Lake Division loss at Sandusky last Friday.
According to coach Judd Lutz, TC (5-1, 0-1 SBC) is hungry to get back out on the field.
It will have to be because the SBC Lake schedule doesn’t get any easier with rival Clyde coming to town.
“We’ve had a good response in practice this week,” Lutz said. “They are hungry and their effort has been really high. I’ve been happy with their production this week in practice and hopefully it shows (tonight).”
On the flipside, the Fliers (5-1, 1-0) have won five straight games. The Fliers lost in Week 1 to St. Francis de Sales 25-23, but Clyde coach Ryan Carter said despite a couple turnovers, the Fliers very well might be unbeaten. They are coming off a 38-7 win over Perkins.
“We are working very hard at trying to control things that we can control and that is turnovers and our special teams,” Carter said. “It is a whole new animal that we are facing this week in Columbian, but we want to try to keep ourselves in the game, we have limit the turnovers and be sound in special teams, we can do that.
“I don’t know if that will be enough this weekend with how good they are and how much speed they have, but it’s something we’ve focused on since Week 1. I thought we played really well in Week 1, but we just turned the ball over and you can’t do that and win against a good team.”
Clyde has been solid on both sides of the ball this season. Offensively, Ryan Lozier is 51 of 77 passing for 859 yards and nine touchdowns. He has thrown just one interception. Gunner Golden is the workhorse in the backfield. He has 91 carries for 491 yards and nine scores, while Nick Webb and Lozier have combined for another nine scores on the ground.
“They are very balanced on that side of the ball. They kind of lull you to sleep with the run to an extent, but they also can throw to some good athletes on the outside,” Lutz said. “They will continue to run unless you can stop it. Their QB is having another outstanding year and they just make plays in space, so we have to be able to tackle well and take care of that.”
Clyde has numerous guys that can make plays on offense, but not as many as Columbian.
The Tornadoes have a lot of versatility on offense and a slew of playmakers.
Chase Frankhauser has thrown for 763 yards with nine TDs this season. Nick Jackson and Kesean Jackson have combined for 683 yards rushing and nine scores. Nick Koerper, Jaxon Harris and LJ Reaves are all dangerous at the wide receiver positions.
“I’m sure they will be upset after losing last week and being able to play at home this week with us coming in,” Carter said. “Obviously, I think their biggest attribute is their team speed. They are just fast at every position.
“They stretch you so thin defensively with how they run their stuff and good they are at running their stuff. If you aren’t sound in your scheme, those 10-yard runs could turn into touchdowns. They can blow a lead open fast on you. We have to be perfect in our assignments. Our kids are excited for the challenge because they understand how good of a football team they are playing.”
Turnovers are key in just about every football game, but Clyde had some in Week 1 and lost and Columbian had a few last week and lost.
“I thought they dominated that Week 1 game, but turnovers cost you, which I think kept them in the loss column,” Lutz said. “You gotta be able to take care of the ball and take it away when you get the opportunities. That might be key (tonight).
“We want to be able to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and we don’t want to force anything and make plays when they are there.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.