WATERLOO — The rivalry between these two Monroe County neighbors has grown in recent years.
Bragging rights will be on the line when the Columbia Eagles travel down Route 3 to play the Waterloo Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Friday.
Waterloo coach Rose compared the Waterloo-Columbia matchup to the annual Milk Bowl game between archrivals Mater Dei and Central.
"I know (Mater Dei) Coach (Jim) Stiebel pretty well,'' Rose said. "We were talking last Friday night about both of our games, and I did mention that it's almost like the Milk Bowl now where both towns are really looking forward to this game and the kids are really looking forward to this game.
"We're not that far away from each other, so the kids are always running into each other throughout the year. They are only a few miles down the street.''
The two teams will be meeting in Week 2 for the 10th straight season. The Bulldogs hold a 6-3 edge in the series, and have won the last four contests.
"We haven't beaten them since 2008,'' Columbia coach Scott Horner said. "Every time we play Waterloo, it's a great game. I think that's what makes rivalries what they are. It doesn't matter how the two teams are -- at least how they look on paper or what they're record is going in -- the kids get up for it. That's what brings the best out in kids, playing those kind of games. It's kind of fun.''
Today's game: Columbia (1-0) at Waterloo (1-0). 7 p.m.
Last meeting: Waterloo beat Columbia 21-14 last year as Erik Bueltman completed 8 of 19 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns.
Columbia coach Scott Horner: "We don't have the firepower we had last year in terms of the speed, but I tell you what, I'm really happy with where we are up front. I think we can grind some stuff out, something a little different than what we've been used to here.''
Waterloo coach Dan Rose: "We certainly can't give Columbia a short field. ... If you give Columbia a short field, they are going to make you pay. If you give them the ball too often, they are going to make you pay.''
Columbia's game plan: Avoiding turnovers when on offense and keeping the Bulldogs from putting together long, time-consuming drives when on defense.
Waterloo's game plan: Avoiding turnovers when on offense and avoiding being burned for big plays when on defense.
Key players: Columbia -- QB Jacob Hill (1-for-1 passing for 7 yards and one touchdown, 4 carries for 70 yards and one TD); LB Kevin Spisak (5 tackles, 1 sack); DL Cole Foster (4 tackles, 1 sack); Waterloo -- QB Zach Schaab (8-for-11 passing for 102 yards and one TD); FB Stephen Schad (15 carries for 93 yards); LB Grant Schnieder (9 tackles).
Notes: The Eagles averaged 42 points per game last season, and they didn't skip a beat in routing Wood River 48-0 in their season opener last Friday. ... The Bulldogs haven't surrendered more than 20 points to the Eagles during their four-game winning streak over them.
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