While all eyes in Erie County tonight will be on the Perkins-Huron matchup, two traditional titans and longtime rivals will collide in Seneca County when Bellevue visits Tiffin Columbian.
Both teams enter the game with perfect 5-0 records. There will be more than 350 games played statewide this weekend, but Bellevue-Columbian is one of just four games in the entire state to feature two unbeaten teams.
The Redmen enter the game ranked No. 3 in the Division III Associated Press poll, while Columbian is No. 6 in the Division II poll. Bellevue sits atop the Region 10 computer rankings, and the Tornadoes are third in Region 6.
Furthermore, either the Redmen or Tornadoes have combined to win at least a share of 25 of the previous 31 NOL titles dating back to the 1981 season. Only once in that span have teams besides Bellevue or Columbian won the league title in back-to-back seasons (Shelby 1984, Galion 1985).
Add in 25 playoff appearances between the two in that span, and you get no bigger of a matchup in Week 6 of the regular season.
“Any team we’ve ever had at Bellevue that was great, or wanted to be great, played in games like this one,” Bellevue coach Ed Nasonti said. “It’s exciting. You are always happy to be in position where big games like this mean something. “
A preview of the game was also featured on SportsTime Ohio Wednesday afternoon. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Tiffin’s National Field at Frost-Kalnow Stadium.
Read more about today's big football matchups in Friday's Register.