Decorah faces tough foe in Cedar Rapids Xavier

Posted: Fri, Nov 2, 2018 8:16 PM
Kailer McCabe had a kickoff return for a touchdown (Photos by decorahsports.com's Paul Scott)

For the second time this year, the Decorah Vikings traveled to Cedar Rapids Friday night to take on the Xavier Knights.  Unfortunately for the Vikings, the second game was like the first game, which Decorah dropped 45-3 to Xavier.

In the first game against the Knights, Decorah shut out Xavier in the first quarter and led 3-0 before surrendering 45 straight points to Xavier.  This time, the Knights didn't wait to score.  They stopped Decorah on the Vikings' first possession, then scored at 8:51 when Xavier running back Braden Stovie ran 32 yards into the end zone.  Decorah fumbled on its next possession, but Xavier missed a field goal attempt.  The Knights came back on their next possession, with Stovie again scoring, this time on a 20-yard run with 3:40 left in the first quarter.  When the Xavier defense stopped Decorah again, the Knights' Nathan Skala took a punt 54 yards into the end zone and Xavier owned a 21-0 lead with 1:29 left in the first quarter.

Cedar Rapids slowed down somewhat in the second quarter.  A 75-yard pass from QB Quinn Schulte to Stovie made it 28-0 with 9:47 left in the first half, but penalties and a Colin Krauskopf interception stopped the Knights from scoring again in the first half.

Xavier received the second half kickoff and moved down the field from their own 38 yard line, scoring on a 2-yard run by Jon Bell at 7:28 left in the third quarter.  That made the score 35-0, but Decorah's Kailer Mc Cabe took the Xavier kickoff at his own 2 yard line and raced 98 yards to the Xavier end zone.  The extra point attempt failed, but Decorah was on the board with 7:13 left in the third quarter, trailing 35-6.  After a kickoff, Cedar Rapids Xavier put together another long drive, capped by Schulte's 1-yard run to make it 42-6 at 2:32 left in the third quarter. 

That put the clock into continuous motion, so the fourth quarter passed quickly and #1-ranked Xavier left the field with a victory over Decorah and a trip Thursday to the quarterfinals in the UNI Dome.


Jace Johnson was pressured often, but here gets good protection
It was perfect weather for a playoff game
Cameron DeLong was busy punting Friday night
Despite the long drive to Cedar Rapids, a lare crowd of Viking fans attended the game