No. 3 Neumann wins top-10 battle over No. 4 Lakeview
Lakeview football turned the ball over three times, endured injuries to both starting quarterbacks and saw its perfect season come to an end in a 29-22 loss on Friday night at No. 3 Wahoo Neumann.
The No. 4 Vikings, playing in one of two ranked matchups in Class C-1, threw two interceptions and fumbled the ball away once but found itself leading by a point midway through the fourth quarter thanks to nine straight points in the third.
It wasn’t enough to hold off an offense that averaged 47 points per game coming into the night. Neumann converted a 10-play drive midway through the fourth, added a two-point conversion and hung on the rest of the way.
Lakeview drops to 4-1 with the loss and 0-1 in C-1 District 4 while Neumann remains unbeaten at 5-0 and 1-0 in the district. Wahoo and Scotus also won leaving a three-way tie at the top of the district standings through the first week of district play.
Raymond Central sits beside Lakeview at 0-1 in the standings.
“We can’t go into games like this, have those turnovers and expect to come out the other side on the positive end of things. To put our defense in a tough situation three times and only give up seven points is amazing in and of itself, but that ends up being the difference in the game,” coach Kurt Frenzen. “The one we did give up ends up being the deciding factor.”
The Vikings took the lead in the third quarter on a 34-yard field goal kick by Cadge Janssen set up by an onside kickoff just moments earlier.
Tied 13-13 at halftime, Neumann took its second lead of the game on a 14-yard touchdown run by fullback Luke Fairbanks in its first possession of the second half.
Lakeview received the third quarter kick but fumbled away a pitch on the first snap and gave it away on its own 29.
It was the third turnover of the game to go with Viking interceptions on their first and third possessions.
The Cavaliers needed just four plays to go up 19-13 then made it 21-13 on a two-point pass to tight end Trey Miller.
Lakeview responded with a seven-play drive capped by a 10-yard touchdown run from fullback Jacob Frenzen. Jaden Johnson attempted to knot the score on a two-point try but was stopped short of the goal line then taken off the field with an apparent head injury.
It was the second time in the game one of the Vikings’ two starting quarterbacks was removed from the lineup. Cadge Janssen came up limping after a tackle in the first half and missed the final 10 minutes of the second quarter.
He returned in the second half and made an immediate impact.
Janssen squibbed the ensuing kickoff, after Frenzen’s touchdown, to the middle of the field between two lines of Neumann players and set up an onside recovery.
The offense took over at the 22, stalled at the 4 on a busted play and a quarterback sack but went ahead 22-21 on Janssen’s 34-yard field goal.
Lakeview picked off a pass on Neumann’s next drive but stalled out and was forced to punt.
Another punt gave the Cavaliers the ball with 9:30 to play. They marched 70 yards in just over five minutes and scored on David Lilly’s 10 yard run to the end zone. Lilly then also scored on the two-point conversion for a 29-22 Neumann advantage.
Lakeview attempted to answer from its own 38, managed two first downs and advanced to the Neumann 33 but stalled on an incomplete pass on fourth-and-5.
The Viking D had a chance to make a stop and return the ball to its offense with all three remaining timeouts on the board but Vedral connected with Jarrett Kmiecik on third-and-6 for the deciding first down.
A kneel down two plays later ran out the final seconds.
Lakeview led early on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Cadge Janssen to Cameron Drozd on third-and-goal set up on by a 63-yard pass from Lakeview’s game breaker, Lucas Thatcher.
Neumann answered on the next drive when quarterback Eli Vedral dashed 66 yards to tie the game at 7-7.
The Cavaliers drove deep into Viking territory on the next possession but chose to punt 30 yards out from the end zone instead of going for it on fourth down. The decision worked perfectly.
Lakeview was pinned deep and forced into its own punt and handed the ball over at its own 22. Vedral hit Miller for the go-ahead score but the Vikings blocked the PAT.
They then answered with less than 30 seconds to go in the half on a 12-play drive set up from their own 46 on Brock Foltz’s kickoff return. Johnson finished the drive on a 1-yard plunge. The point after was pushed wide and the game went into the half tied 13-13.
“We get a break from district play next week, if you call it that, hosting No. 1 Pierce. We get back into the thick of the district and worry about the postseason then,” Frenzen. “Between now and then, there could be a lot of dust kicked up and a lot of interesting results before we kick off in the district against Scotus.”