Decorah Vikings Trounce Crestwood Cadets 37 to 6

Posted: Fri, Sep 20, 2019 11:07 PM
Viking quarterback Tucker Young

After playing three straight highly-ranked football teams to open the season, the Decorah Viking football team began district play on Friday night by traveling to Cresco to face the Crestwood Cadets.

The Vikings began on offense.  The Vikings excited their fans by getting a touchdown early in the first quarter, going 59 yards downfield in six plays to score a touchdown, putting the Vikings at 7 to 0 early in the first quarter. The Vikings followed this touchdown with a strong display of defense against the Cadets. With a couple minutes left in the first quarter, the Vikings went on offense on their 5-yard line. With 50 seconds remaining in first quarter, the Vikings made a big advance downfield, but failed to advance into the end zone.

The Cadets started the 2nd quarter on offense, but didn't make any significant advance. The Vikings similarly had difficulty advancing yards early in the second quarter. With 8.5 minutes remaining in the second quarter, a pass to Tucker Young drove the football into Cadet territory. This was followed by a short advance made by Logan Halverson, before a long pass to Matthew Franzen for the second Viking touchdown of the night with 6 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter.  Late in the 2nd quarter, a Viking interception led to a field goal, giving the Vikes at 17-0 halftime lead.

The Vikings began the third quarter with quarterback Tucker Young completing a number of short passes, slowly advancing the Vikings downfield. Young faked a pass with 6:45 remaining in the 3rd quarter and ran the football into the end zone to give Decorah a 23-0 lead. 

With 3 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter, Reece Wilson got a touchdown for Crestwood, but Cresco failed to get the extra point.

Entering the 4th quarter, the Vikings led 23 to 6. Both the Cadets and the Vikings began the 4th quarter making significant progress in each other's territory. Halfway through the 4th quarter, the Vikings scored another touchdown, leading the Cadets 30 to 6 with seven and a half minutes remaining. Another scooped interception by the Vikings resulted in another touchdown at 5:50 minutes remaining, putting the Vikings ahead of the Cadets 37 to 6. In the final minutes, with victory guaranteed, Viking fans were exuberant. With a minute remaining of the game, the Cadets made admirable progress into Viking territory, but failed to score before the end of the game. The Decorah Vikings beat the Crestwood Cadets 37 to 6.

Viking runningback Andrew Magner