A huge game from Wahoo running back Trevin Luben and a suffocating performance from the Warrior defense turned into a 21-7 Lakeview loss Friday night on the road.
Luben put together plays of 67, 57 and 41 yards, scored twice and helped his side build a 21-0 lead that proved to be too big of a hole for the Vikings to dig out of before the game's end.
The loss drops Lakeview to 5-3 on the year and 1-2 in Class C-2 District 4. Most importantly, it denies the Vikings a chance at their first district title in 11 years.
No. 3 Wahoo at 7-1 and 3-0 in the standings will play Scotus Central Catholic next week in Columbus to decide the district champion.
A week after Luben tore up crosstown rival No. 5 Wahoo Neumann on the ground, he did the same to a Lakeview team coming off a win over its own crosstown rival.
He made his first impact of the game on the second play of the second quarter when he went 67 yards down to the Lakeview 14. After a horse collar tackle was penalized on the play, Wahoo took over inside the 10 and capitalized on third-and-goal with a 1-yard dive by quarterback Thomas Waido.
Luben made it 14-0 early in the third quarter after Lakeview fumbled a punt and handed possession over on its own end of the field. Luben went 41 for a touchdown to double the lead.
He scampered 57 yards on the next Warrior drive to make it 21-0.
Lakeview managed its only points after Austin Rollman recovered a Wahoo fumble. The Vikings took over on the Warrior 36 and scored on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Jaden Johnson to Brock Foltz three plays later.
The Viking defense stepped up and made stops the rest of the way but couldn't get anything going offensively against a Warrior defense that has shut out three opponents this season.
Outside of the one scoring drive and another missed field goal in the first half, Lakeview found little success against the Wahoo D.
An initial first down on an 11-yard run the first play from scrimmage was followed by four straight three-and-outs and four punts.
Late in the second quarter, Lakeview went on an eight-play drive from its own 27 and had a first-and-goal at the Wahoo 8. Lucas Thatcher set up the chance with a 47-yard catch on run on a third-and-10.
The Vikings were turned away three times from inside the 10 then missed a field goal wide right.
The only other sustained drive was the touchdown pass to Foltz in the third quarter.
Luben finished with 225 yards on the ground.
Wahoo's only loss was a 55-21 final to No. 2 Aurora in Week 3.
Lakeview came into the game 13th in the latest Power Points rankings. Six district winners make the playoffs plus 10 other teams based on those rankings.
Other Friday scores
O Westside 38, Columbus 0
Westside scored its third touchdown of the game with 9:44 left in the half to go up 21-0. By the end of the first half the Warriors controlled with a 35-0 lead. The Discoverers only allowed three points in the second half, but fell 38-0.
Wahoo 21, Columbus Lakeview 7
Scotus 42, Logan Vies/SS 6
Clarkson/Leigh 54, Mead 16
Boone Central/Newman Grove 23, Wayne 6
Alma 44, Southwest 22
Aquinas 54, Twin River 22
Aurora 42, Milford 13
BDS 34, Cross County 18
Battle Creek 13, Hartington CCCc 7
Burwell 21, South Loup 14
Central City 21, Fillmore C 20
Creighton 42, W Holt 15
Diller-Odell 1, Parkview C 0
Elwood 64, Loomis 26
Falls City SH 62, Pawnee City 6
Giltner 1, Franklin 0
Gothenburg 35, Ogallala 14
Harvard 79, Silver Lake 8
Holdrege 29, Minden 26
Johnson-B 56, Meridian 6
Kenesaw 56, Blue Hill 0
Lutheran NE 90, Madison 26
McCool J 69, Dorchester 8
Minatare 98, Potter-Dix 14
Mullen 46, Maxwell 6
Neligh-O 28, Elkhorn Valley 16
Norfolk C 55, Stanton 12
Palmer 50, Shelton 6
Paxton 66, Leyton/Banner County 12
Pierce 45, West Point-Beemer 7
Plainview 52, Winside 8
Randolph 32, Allen 26
Red Cloud 34, Heartland Lutheran 29
Spalding Academy 61, Santee 2
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org