Senior running back Riley Shullanberger rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns as Lakeview High School varsity football earned a 21-6 league win at Rogue River Friday evening. The win was the first of the year for the Honkers (1-4, 1-0 SCL).
The victory also extended Lakeview’s league winning streak to seven straight dating back to the 2017 season, and it was the Honkers’ fifth straight league win in their current affiliation.
Shullanberger scored on runs of 1 and 4 yards in the first half to help Lakeview to a 15-0 lead at halftime. The Honker defense setup the first score when junior cornerback Esteban Orozco scooped up a fumble and returned it 31 yards to the Chieftains’ 9-yard line. Three plays later Shullanberger scored to make it 7-0.
Shullanberger’s second score came after Rogue River failed on a fake punt attempt on its own 26 yard line, setting the Honkers up at the 12. Shullanberger also added a two-point conversion to make it 15-0.
Rogue River got a spark of life to start the second half. Facing a third-and-41 on its own 5-yard line, senior runningback Carsen Smith broke loose for a 95-yard touchdown run to make it 15-6, followed by a successful onside kick by Rogue River to retain possession. A 16-yard reception by senior Gabe Tambellini, on a 4th-and-2, extended the drive and moved the ball to the Honkers’ 38. However, two plays later, Lakeview recovered a fumble to end the scoring threat.
The Chieftains had one last opportunity to pull within a score. Sophomore Charlie Smith threw a 46-yard pass to senior Aiden Canoe on a toss pass to move the Chieftains to the Honkers’ six yard line. From there, the Lakeview defense would stiffen. Senior defensive end Wyatt Gustaveson would record a sack the next play and Lakeview forced Rogue River to turn the ball over on downs at the six.
“Defensively, I felt we were in control the whole game,” said Lakeview Head Coach Rick Stupak. “The one big play came because we didn’t execute a stunt properly and both our linebackers vacated the middle. Outside of that, we did a good job of not letting Rogue River get any momentum and coming up with plays when we needed to.”
Two plays later, Shullanberger busted loose for an 89-yard run to provide the 21-6 final margin.
The Chieftains would hold a 246-204 advantage in total offense, though 95 came on Smith’s long run. Rogue River managed to go just 3-for-15 passing and was only able to convert 3-of-12 third-down conversions. The Chieftains only managed an average of 1.4 yards on first downs, thus facing long-yardage situations for most of the night.
Defensively Shullanberger also added 10 tackles. Gustaveson added 7 tackles, including 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry. The Honkers also forced four turnovers, with senior free safety Dayton Alves intercepting two passes.
Lakeview rushed for 170 yards and Alves, as quarterback, completed 7-of-12 passes for 34 yards.
“In hindsight, I wish we would have ran the ball more,” Stupak said. “However, in a game like this, where the defense was in control, I didn’t want to overextend Riley’s (Shullanberger) usage. I thought we could get some things going in the passing game. There are games coming up where we may need Riley to carry 30 times if we can’t get the passing game going. It also showed the need to develop a second back, something that we will be looking to focus on this week.”
“Overall, however, we got a win and that was badly needed. I like our effort and I know these kids will continue to work this week in practice to polish things up on offense.”
Lakeview will next host Lost River on Friday, varsity kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.