WAHOO — After failing to gain any traction in the first quarter, Trevin Luben finally found his footing on his first carry of the second period.
The Wahoo running back broke off a 74-yard run to set up the Warriors’ first touchdown of the game.
Luben finished with 30 carries for 231 rushing yards and two touchdowns to power the third-ranked Warriors to a 21-7 win over Columbus Lakeview on Friday night on a muddy, rain-soaked field.
“You tried to run plays to where your running backs could get some good footing,” Wahoo coach Chad Fox said. “In the middle of the field, it wasn’t the best. On these nights, you get whatever yards you can, however you can.”
With most of the middle of the field a muddy mess, both teams struggled to move the ball. The two teams combined for just two first downs -- both by Lakeview -- and seven punts in the first quarter.
Luben totaled just 12 yards on six carries as the Warriors (7-1) failed to move the chains on their first three possessions.
Then on Luben’s first carry in the second quarter, he sprinted free around the left edge to daylight before being caught at the 12-yard line.
“These last two games have been more up and down and hitting the hole hard. You can’t cut back as easy,” Luben said. “That was an extended (isolation) and we put in the hammer set with two big Klotermans (Grant and Sam) in the backfield. They opened monster holes for me.”
After a horse collar penalty and two more Luben rushes, Thomas Waido got on the scoreboard from 1 yard out.
Lakeview also notched a big offense in the first half as Cadge Janssen connected with a wide-open tight end Lucas Thatcher on a play-action pass for a 47-yard gain to the 27.
However, the Vikings’ failed to come away with any points as the drive stalled out after reaching the 6-yard line and Lakeview missed a 23-yard field goal.
”When you play Wahoo, their defense is really solid and points are at a premium,” Lakeview coach Kurt Frenzen said. “We couldn’t close out the deal on that drive when we needed to put ourselves in position to win that game.”
In the third quarter, Luben struck quick twice more. After a fumbled punt return, the 6-foot, 175-pound junior broke free for a 41-yard touchdown run. Later in the third quarter, he again found open field around the left edge, this time for a 57-yard touchdown.
The Warriors' longest drive came in the fourth quarter as they strung together nine plays and took off more than 4 minutes off the clock.
Wahoo finished with 287 total yards. However, it managed just eight first downs and forced seven punts.
Meanwhile, Lakeview had 234 yards, 11 first downs and eight punts. Lakeview's only points came in the fourth quarter when Jaden Johnson connected with Brock Foltz for a 22-yard score.
WAHOO 21, COLUMBUS LAKEVIEW 7
WAH--Waido 1 run (Zaragoza kick)
WAH--Luben 41 run (Zaragoza kick)
WAH--Luben 57 run (Zaragoza kick)
CL--Foltz 28 pass from Johnson (Johnson kick)
RUSHING--Wahoo, Luben 30-231, Waido 4-18, Ludvik 1-12, Walling 1-3, Hancock 1-2, Team 2-(-4). Lakeview, C. Janssen 6-14, J. Johnson 15-45, Thatcher 11-29, Frenzen 4-4.
PASSING--Wahoo, Waido 3-10-0, 25. Lakeview, C. Janssen 5-17-2-91, J. Johnson 4-8-0, 51.
RECEIVING--Wahoo, Hancock 2-20, Fox 1-5. Lakeview, Thatcher 4-75, Drozd 2-16, Foltz 1-28, Behlen 1-12, Frenzen 1-11.