Frenzen, Vikes roll past Shamrocks
A career game for fullback Jacob Frenzen and a dominant second-half, ball-control effort by the Lakeview offense earned the Vikings a much needed 24-14 Homecoming win over Scotus on Friday night.
Lakeview entered the night 4-2 after back-to-back losses to No. 6 Wahoo Neumann and No. 1 Pierce in which turnovers and penalties had the Vikings feeling like they beaten themselves as much as the Cavaliers and Bluejays earned the win.
Friday the penalties were still there, but the turnovers were not.
Lakeview picked off two Scotus passes, eventually turned both into points and took control of the line of scrimmage in the second half.
After a 14-14 tie at the break in which the Vikings totaled 101 yards through 24 minutes, the game finished with 196 more Lakeview rush yards added to the total, 10 more points and, perhaps, more importantly, a second-half shutout.
Frenzen rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns while Lucas Thatcher put up an 82-yard night. Lakeview allowed just 60 Scotus yards in the second half, improved to 1-1 in the district and dropped their crosstown rivals also to 2-1.
With a win by Wahoo over Wahoo Neumann also on Friday night, Lakeview is set up to take control of Class C-1 District 4 next week with a road game at Wahoo.
“Halftime, we talked to our guys, and we had everything we wanted. It was just playing with more effort, playing physical and getting the ball to our seniors’ hands and executing,” assistant coach Dan Krueger said in postgame comments on KLIR 101. “There was some sloppiness in the first half and some penalties, but it goes back to how our kids react and how they come out in the second half and take care of business.”
Tied 14-14 and set to receive the third-quarter kickoff, Lakeview drove down to inside the Scotus 10 before an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty pushed the Vikings back outside the Red Zone.
They would have to settle for a Jaden Johnson 41-yard field goal and a 17-14 lead.
Shamrock quarterback Caden Pelan threw an interception on the very next play from scrimmage setting up the Vikings for an 11-play drive capped by Frenzen’s second score of the night on a 2-yard plunge.
Earlier in the drive he dashed for 33 yards, one of two 30-plus yard carries the senior had in the win.
The drive took up nearly all of the third quarter and left Scotus facing its largest deficit in three weeks.
The Shamrocks attempted to answer on their own long drive but missed a 36-yard field goal.
Lakeview used up the remainder of the third quarter then the first four-plus minutes of the fourth on a 11-play drive that, though it produced nothing on the scoreboard, had Scotus staring at a two-possession hole with only 7:20 to play.
The Shamrocks went three-and-out, punted due to field position but could only get the ball back with seconds remaining after another long Lakeview possession nearly bled the clock dry.
“We’ve got to clean that up. It’s kind of been our Achilles heel this year. If we want to reach our full potential this year, we have to eliminate that stuff,” Krueger said about an uneven first half. “We have to be a more disciplined football team. I felt like we turned that around in the second half, took care of business and played smart football.”
Scotus struck first for it’s only lead of the game taking the opening kick down just inside the Lakeview Red Zone before settling for a field goal.
Lakeview answered immediately on a 31 yard run from Frenzen on the first offensive play from scrimmage that led off a 10-play drive that saw the fullback finish it with a 10-yard touchdown run.
Scotus put together another solid drive but again settled for three points on Zack Beiermann’s second field goal - this one from 43 yards out.
Lakeview intercepted Pelan’s pass on the next drive and went 47 yards in six plays highlighted by a 24-yard catch from Brook Behlen.
With 5:14 before half, Scotus drove 63 yards on 11 plays aided by an unsportsmanlike conduct and pass interference from Lakeview. Tyler Palmer scored from seven yards out then Braden Labenz caught Pelan’s 2-point conversion try to tie the game 14-14 with a minute until halftime.
The Shamrocks only advanced as far as the Viking 19 in the second half.
It’s Lakeview’s first back-to-back wins over Scotus since 2013 when the Vikings took down the Shamrocks twice.
″(Frenzen and Thatcher) wanted it so bad, all of our seniors wanted it so bad. This team means so much to these seniors, and this game means so much to them,” Kruger said. “We wanted to count our touches as far as how they were getting the ball. We just gave the ball to them and let them take care of business.
“It was really great to watch all the work they’ve put in, watch them execute and seeing the finished product we have on the scoreboard right now.”
Scotus drops to 3-4 overall and into second place in the district, one game ahead of Lakeview though the Vikings own the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Wahoo is perfect in district play at 2-0, Neumann drops to 1-2 and Raymond Central remained 0-2 after playing out of district in Week 7.
“We went in the locker room and didn’t really make any changes. Just clean things up and do your job, and we did that,” Krueger said. “I think we were identifying things better and reacting to the football. Playing team defense and stepping up at crucial times was nice to see.
“We want to control our own destiny. We have everything in front of us right now. We just have to go out and take care of business.