SECTION 5A FOOTBALL: No. 3 Lakeview uses strong start to take down No. 6 Canby 30-6
COTTONWOOD — The Lakeview and Canby football teams met for the second time within a week, with the Lancers looking to bounce back from a tough loss and the Lakers trying to keep their late-season momentum going. Thanks to a strong first half, No. 3 Lakeview took a 24-point lead at halftime and ultimately earned a 30-6 victory over No. 6 Canby in the Section 5A quarterfinals on Tuesday.
With a powerful wind sweeping through the field, Canby took the opening kickoff and marched it down into Lakeview’s red zone, but the Lakers defense came up with a stop on fourth down to turn the Lancers over on downs on the Lakeview 10-yard line. Lakeview would go three-and-out on its first offensive possession, but got the ball back when Tucker Fiene recovered a fumble at the Canby 32.
The Lakers would capitalize, facing a fourth-and-5 from the Canby 16 before Clayton Kosel moved the ball to the four-yard line for a first down. A few plays later, Kosel found the end zone on a short run to make it 8-0 after the 2-point conversion from Koltin Mulder was successful in the final seconds of the opening quarter.
After the Lancers went three-and-out to start the second frame, Lakeview took advantage on offense, using a long run by Kosel to the Canby 5 before Owen Louwagie connected with Nathan Fenske on a short touchdown pass to extend their lead to 16-0 after Louwagie found Kosel on the 2-point conversion with 7:38 left in the first half. The Lakers weren’t done there, as Louwagie threw a strike to Fenske on their next offensive possession for a 62-yard score before Kosel added the two-point conversion to make it 24-0 going into the locker rooms.
Lakeview added a 67-yard touchdown pass from Louwagie to Fenske to push its lead to 30-0 with 4:36 left in the third quarter. Canby would get on the board late in the fourth, converting on a fourth-and-nine in the Lakers’ red zone before Ty Stoks scored on a keeper with 1:40 left to bring it to the 30-6 final.
Louwagie completed four of his seven pass attempts for 134 yards and three touchdowns for Lakeview while adding 42 yards rushing on six carries. Kosel led in rushing with 107 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown while Greg Schafer added 55 yards on the ground on nine carries. Fenske led in receiving with 131 yards on three catches and three touchdowns.
Defensively, Kiegan Marczak led Lakeview with five total tackles while Taivan Isaackson and Ayden St. Pierre each added four total tackles.
No Canby stats were available at press time.
With the loss, Canby’s season comes to an end with a 3-6 record. Lakeview (8-1) will advance to face No. 2 seed BOLD on the road on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Olivia.
Lakeview 30, Canby 6
Canby 0 0 0 6 – 6
Lakeview 8 16 6 0 – 30
Lakeview: Kosel 4 yd run (Mulder run).
Lakeview: Fenske 2 yd pass from Louwagie (Kosel run).
Lakeview: Fenske 62 yd pass from Louwagie (Kosel run).
Lakeview: Fenske 67 yd pass from Louwagie (2-pt. conversion no good).
Canby: Stoks 8 yd run (2-pt. conversion no good).
Passing (Comp-Att-Yds-TD): Lakeview (Louwagie 4-7-134-3); Canby (NR).
Rushing (Att-Yds-TD): Lakeview (Kosel 13-107-1; Schafer 9-55; Louwagie 6-42); Canby (NR).
Receiving (Rec-Yds-TD): Lakeview (Fenske 3-131-3); Canby (NR).
Defense (Total tackles): Lakeview (Marczak 5; Isaackson, St. Pierre 4); Canby (NR).