COLUMBUS — Lakeview put Grand Island Central Catholic away early Friday night, giving the reserves a chance to shine on homecoming night.
The Vikings ran the ball 50 times for 312 yards and four touchdowns on a damp, chilly evening and the Lakeview defense limited the Crusaders to just 82 total yards in the 42-0 victory.
“I felt like if we could get the running game going we’d be in good position,” Lakeview head coach Kurt Frenzen said.
His team was able to do just that.
Lakeview scored on its first two possessions — a 10-yard rushing TD by Jaden Johnson and 30-yard jaunt by Jacob Sprunk — and junior Brock Foltz returned a punt 53 yards for a touchdown as the Vikings jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.
That was plenty of points for the Lakeview defenders, who held GICC to 48 yards rushing on 27 attempts and allowed Crusader quarterback Jack Goering to complete only 3 of 11 passes for 34 yards.
The Vikings forced five turnovers, all fumble recoveries as the Crusaders had trouble snapping and hanging onto the slick ball. Lakeview also recovered five fumbles in last week’s 42-41 victory over Scotus Central Catholic.
“All three phases tonight were clicking pretty good,” Frenzen said, “and when you get things going like that, good things happen.”
Frenzen said he challenged the defense, led by Evan Tessendorf’s six tackles, to step up this week. That unit responded with a shutout as Lakeview won its sixth straight homecoming game.
“We felt really good about the progress they made tonight,” Frenzen said.
GICC (0-7) went a combined 0 for 10 on third and fourth down.
Junior Jacob Frenzen led a Lakeview rushing attack that averaged 6.2 yards per carry. He finished with 100 yards on 17 attempts, including a 17-yard touchdown that put the Vikings on top 28-0 early in the second quarter.
Zeth Gerkensmeyer, who carried the ball six times for 64 yards, added a 24-yard TD before halftime and the Lakeview starters played just one possession in the third quarter before giving way to the reserves. That drive ended in a 43-yard touchdown pass from Cadge Janssen to Brook Behlen.
Janssen only attempted four passes in the win, completing two of them for 50 yards.
Coach Frenzen said the opportunity to get some backups on the field for extended playing time is “crucial” for a team looking at a postseason run.
“I thought we had some younger guys step up,” he said.
Lakeview (5-2), a ratings contender in Class C-1, plays Friday at Adams Central before closing the regular season at home against Ord the following week.
“If we just control what we can control, we’ll be in good shape in another couple of weeks,” coach Frenzen said.