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Lakeview Football 9.13 (copy)

Lakeview senior Thunder Pilakowski reels in a Boone Central receiver for a tackle in a game earlier this season. Pilakowski and the Vikings still have a shot at the district title despite last week's blowout loss.

Lakeview football coach Kurt Frenzen updated a popular coaching idiom after Friday's loss at Pierce.

Back in the day, as he put it, such losses would include the coaching staff burning the VHS tape. In 2019 with new technology, it's more like erasing the hard drive.

Either way, Frenzen and the Vikings were ready to move ahead after a 56-0 shutout at the hands of the No. 1 team in Class C-1. For a program not quite at the level of the Bluejays, and one that made obvious, correctable mistakes, there's little value in, in a sense, beating a dead horse.

That might only serve to test the Vikings' confidence. With three district games remaining, they can still accomplish all of their goals for 2019. As bad as they might have looked on Friday, in the grand sense of the season, it mattered little.

Lakeview could have gained some valuable power points with an upset of Pierce, but not even that would have been enough to ensure a playoff spot. That comes down to the next three weeks and having a short memory.

"It's full steam ahead and getting our minds right this weekend," Frenzen said Friday night. "If we can do that and be ready to roll on Monday and keep in mind that we've got a lot of things we can accomplish yet, that will be the focus."

The shutout loss was the first for Lakeview since a 35-0 defeat at the hands of Boone Central in 2017. The Vikings lost three fumbles and trailed 21-0 at halftime while allowing the eventual state runners-up to pile up 477 yards of total offense. The Vikings had just 126 yards of total offense.

The game at Pierce was a near carbon copy that included four turnovers and 166 yards of total offense. All four turnovers came in the first half and put Lakeview in a 35-0 hole at the break.

The Vikings regrouped and won the following week over Scotus with a two-point conversion in overtime. And guess who's next on the schedule this week?

"We had some kids who were fighting to the bitter end. I felt like even when we rotated our second-team guys into the game in the fourth quarter, our first-team guys on the sideline were into the game. They kept the morale up," Frenzen said. "We played hard, we just can't make the mistakes we did."

Lakeview is 0-1 in the district and currently 17th in the wildcard points standings. Maintaining that spot won't be good enough to get in the playoffs. The Vikings were just outside the top 10 last year but lost out on district champs from weaker districts down the list.

The good news is that with wins over Scotus, Wahoo and Raymond Central over the next three weeks, Lakeview can win the district. Two of three might be good enough considering the points standings of Scotus and Wahoo, but there's no guarantee.

Thus, there's no time to dwell on the past. Pierce was painful, but Lakeview can make it meaningless.

"The guys are disappointed. It's been a tough three weeks. It was a quiet locker room after the game and a quiet bus ride home. They're hurting," Frenzen said. "Starting out that hot (3-0) and with things going really well, then the next three weeks we have a couple tough losses and really take one on the chin. It's tough to wrap your mind around. Now it's about finding a way to put it all behind us and move on."

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com.

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