In a back and forth contest, the Decorah Viking football team prevails over Crestwood

Posted: Fri, Sep 1, 2017 10:15 PM
Jake Muhlbauer had 11 carries for 63 yard (Photos by's Paul Scott)(Click on photos for larger images)

There were plenty of twists and turns in Friday night's football game between the Decorah Vikings and Crestwood Cadets, but in the end Decorah prevailed, 14-6.

The Vikings scored first, with Dawson Holkesvik finding the end zone with 9:13 left in the first quarter on a 36-yard run.  The Viking fans might have been expecting a blowout at that point, but that definitely wasn't the case.  After an exchange of punts, Crestwood's Clayton Ollendieck caught a long pass--one of five catches for 123 yards Friday--and the Cadets were on Decorah's 10 yard line.

But two penalties and a couple of plays later, Decorah had the football back on their own 6 yard line.  Following several more punt exchanges, the Vikings missed on a 23-yard field goal attempt with 4:42 left in the half and still led just 7-0.  The next time Decorah got the ball, it again threatened to score, but Crestwood's Ollendieck intercepted a pass in the end zone to kill the threat and it was just 7-0 at halftime.

Crestwood came out after halftime and seemed dominant.  Ollendieck again made another long catch to put the Cadets at Decorah's 22-yard line.  With 3:14 left in the quarter, a 29-yard reception by Ollendieck brought Crestwood to within 7-6, but their try for a 2-point PAT was unsuccessful and they trailed 7-6 at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Viking offense found its rhythm again.  Kailer McCabe had several long runs, then Dawson Holkesvik hauled in a pass and ran to Crestwood's 4 yard line.  Mc Cabe took over from there, scoring at 8:29 left in the game on the 4-yard run.

Crestwood couldn't mount a drive and kicked to the Vikings.  Jake Muhlbauer had several nice runs to take the Vikings down to Crestwood's 12 yard line for a clinching touchdown, but quarterback Brannan Hogan underthrew a wide open receiver in the end zone and a field goal attempt got blocked.  That left the game in the hands of the Viking defense--and they responded to bring home the 14-6 victory.

Decorah is now 2-0 on the season and will begin District play next Friday, hosting Vinton-Shellsburg at 7:30 p.m. at Viking Stadium

 Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q TOTAL
 Crestwood 0 0 6 0 6
 Decorah 7 0 0 7 14

Andy Lillegraven had three solo tackles, two tackle assists, one sack and one tackle for a loss
Dawson Holkesvik had two catches for 37 yards and one run for 36 yards and a touchdown
Brannan Hogan was 7-14 passing for 75 yards
Andy Lillegraven records his sack, as Tanner Knudson, Drake Shelton and Thomas Knoke look on