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