North wins 34, East 17 final

Hello football fans:

Crosstown rivals Columbus East and Columbus North kick off at 7 p.m. tonight at Columbus East.

We’ll be posting football scores throughout the evening. Please check back for updates.

Good luck and good sportsmanship to the student-athletes and their fans. Get Saturday’s Republic newspaper for all the details about the game.

In the meantime, here’s what you should know about the game:

Columbus East vs. Columbus North

Records: Columbus North 1-0, Columbus East 1-0

Last year’s meeting: Columbus North won 30-13 at North

Coaches: Tim Bless is 126-88 in his 20th year, including 114-79 in his 18th year at Columbus North; Bob Gaddis is 291-133 in his 39th year, including 173-33 in his 17th year at Columbus East.

Key players: Columbus North QB Trenton Kelley, RB Cortez Bandy, WR Jaylen Flemmons, WR Tristan Bailey, WR/CB J.D. Harris, OT/DT Logan Abbott; Columbus East QB Josh Major, RB Jamon Hogan, TE Tyler Thomas, OT Zach Clark, CB Jonah Wichman, S Ethan Summa.

What to watch for: This should be one of the best games in series history. Both teams are coming off impressive victories in their season openers and figure to be headed for plenty of wins this fall. These likely will be the best teams each other play during the regular season. The Bull Dogs and Olympians appear to be evenly matched, and home-field advantage could be the difference.