The Decorah Viking football team turned in a complete performance on offense, defense and special teams on Friday night at home and the result was a 55-0 victory over Vinton-Shellsburg for Decorah's third straight victory this fall.
On the opening play of the game--a kickoff to Decorah by Vinton-Shellsburg--Vinton quarterback Blake Bohnsack was injured and the other Vikings (Vinton) never got their offense in gear. The Decorah Vikings, meanwhile, scored three times in their four possessions during the first quarter. Jerod Redenius hauled in an 18-yard pass from quarterback Brannon Hogan with 9:35 left in the quarter; Jake Muhlbauer scored from 8 yards out at 3:58 and Kailer Mc Cabe got a touchdown on a 9-yard run at 0:50. That made the score 21-0 Decorah as the final seconds ticked off in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Decorah took off where it had left off in the first quarter. Thomas Knoke scored from 5 yards out to make it 28-0 at the 9:43 mark. Drake Shelton electrified the crowd and his teammates by catching a punt at the Viking 42 yard line and running it back 58 yards to make it 35-0 at the 8:10 mark. Clay Johansen scored on a 3-yard run with 3:32 and Decorah had a 41-0 lead.
That meant the time clock ran continuously in the second half. Jake Muhlbauer scored his second touchdown of the night with 9:05 left in the third quarter when he had a 52-yard touchdown run. When Tye Anderson intercepted a Vinton pass and took it to their 32 yard line, he set up a 4-yard run by Clay Johanson that put Decorah up by the 55-0 score. The fourth quarter saw a lot of substitutes getting playing time, with no scoring taking place.
IN total Decorah had 360 yards of offense on the night, while Vinton-Shellsburg managed 160 yards--and much of that was in the fourth quarter.
Decorah is now 3-0 on the season and will head to Benton High School next Friday night for a match-up against 2-1 Benton.