COLUMBUS – As is the case every year, more than just bragging rights are at stake when Scotus and Lakeview clash on the football field.
District and playoff implications come into play for both programs Friday night as the two teams meet for Lakeview’s Homecoming.
The Shamrocks are coming off of a dramatic win over then No. 3 Bishop Neumann, handing the Cavaliers their first loss of the season.
“Everybody stepped up and understood their role and executed their job extremely well,” Scotus Head Coach Tyler Linder said. “Neumann is a great football team. They were 5-0 coming in, ranked number three, had been scoring forty points a game. It was a really big task our kids were up against, but our kids rose to the challenge…”
The Vikings come into Friday night as the No. 5 team in Class C-1 but are looking to snap a two game skid. Lakeview fell to Bishop Neumann two weeks ago before being defeated by top-ranked Pierce 44-22 last Friday.
“Our passing game needs to improve a little bit,” Lakeview Head Coach Kurt Frenzen explained. “Better pass protection…we also need to improve on our running of our routes. All of those things need to combine a little bit. We’re going to need to pass the ball down the stretch, and do it in an efficient way, if we want to be successful and get where we want to get.”
While the rivalry brings tradition, community pride and the chance to have year-round bragging rights, both coaches are reminding their players of the task at hand and how to achieve it.
“Whether it’s Scotus, it’s Pierce, it’s Neumann, it’s Wayne, whoever…we’ve got to do the same things [to win],” Frenzen shared.
“Kids get jacked and excited all year long…but what we’re looking for from a coaching perspective, and just to keep our kids grounded is ‘hey, it’s just a big game,'” Linder added. “We’re taking this in stride like we take every other game. It is exciting because it’s a cross-town rival, but you’ve got to prepare just like it’s a normal game.”
“We’re going to get a great game out of them [Scotus], Frenzen said. “We know we’re going to get their very best game that they’ve played this year and we want to do the same for them. They don’t owe us anything and we don’t owe them anything but showing up and giving them our best game.”
The contest will be broadcast live on News Channel Nebraska and streamed online at NCNsportsNow.com with live coverage beginning at 6:40 PM.