WAHOO — Sam Kolterman loves the "hammer set," that Wahoo rarely uses and seldom practices.
The 6-foot, 205-pound offensive tackle gets to line up in the backfield, in a fullback-type position and leads the way for teammate Trevin Luben.
"I'm the hammer and Trevin (Luben) is the slasher," Kolterman said after Class C-1 No. 3-ranked Wahoo edged No. 6-ranked Bishop Neumann, 14-12, on a drizzly Friday night at Neumann.
The play worked well enough to spring Luben loose on runs of 11 and 12 yards to set up a touchdown run in the first half.
The play worked again when Kolterman sprung Luben open for a 36-yard touchdown run in the second half.
"When a guy wearing No. 57 gets to line up in the backfield, it's pretty special," Wahoo coach Chad Fox said. "We needed something like that play tonight because of the wetness and we needed to keep the ball away from Neumann."
Kolterman said, "We don't practice it much and we almost never run it, but tonight was the night to use it a lot."
Wahoo junior tailback Luben rushed 41 times for 232 yards — more than Bishop Neumann gained in total offense (194 yards).
"We usually run him 18 to 20 times a game, but he was up for it, we had good blocking and it worked," Fox said.
Luben, who averages 180 yards per game, pounded the line for 18 rushes of 3 yards or fewer. But his 22-yard run followed by his 36-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave Wahoo the edge.
Plus the Warriors, now 6-1, managed two get two crucial extra-point kicks from Jesus Zaragoza, while stopping the Cavaliers on an extra-point pass in the first half and an extra-point run in the third quarter.
"That was a good game and I told the kids that we played with a lot of heart and a lot of passion," said Neumann coach Tim Turman, whose team is 5-2. "We expected Luben to run tough, but 41 times? Words. Wow. He's a lot harder runner than we could have expected."
Eli Vedral, who ran for 80 yards and passed for 91, scored on a 45-yard quarterback draw in the second quarter. He hit Jake Unger on a 34-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.
"That's a good quarterback and we had to play one of the best defensive games of the season to get this win," Fox said. "I think you walk away with a win here and you know you played well because both teams played really tough."
WAHOO 14, BISHOP NEUMANN 12
Wahoo--Luben 2 run (Zaragoza kick)
BN--Vedral 45 run (pass failed)
Wahoo--Luben 36 run (Zaragoza kick)
BN--Unger 34 pass from Vedral (run failed)
RUSHING--Wahoo, Luben 41-232, Walling 3-10, Waldo 1-(-5), Ludvik 1-2, Hancock 3-5. Neumann, Vedral 21-80, Fairbanks 7-19, Johnson 1-3, Blum 1-9, Wiese 1-0.
PASSING--Wahoo, Waldo 4-12-1, 44. Neumann, Vedral 7-15-0, 91.
RECEIVING--Wahoo, Walling 3-40, G. Kolterman 1-4. Neumann, Fairbanks 2-14, Blum 3-24, Unger 2-46, Lilly 1-7.