In a wild finish, Decorah edges Waukon, 19-18 Friday night

Posted: Fri, Aug 28, 2020 9:14 PM
Dakota Swatek and Mason O'Hara chase Waukon's Ethan O'Neill (Photos by's Paul Scott)

The Decorah Vikings and Waukon Indians played an unusual football game Friday night--appropriate for these unusual times!

The Waukon Indians entered the game as last year's runner-up state champions in Class 2A--but it didn't seem that way in the first half as both teams had plenty of penalties and mistakes.  Waukon took the kickoff and marched down to the Decorah 38-yard line, but Decorah took over on downs.  A Briggs Duwe pass to Joe Bockman brought a first down for the Vikings, but a Waukon sack was followed by a Waukon interception.  Late in the quarter, Brody Young missed a long field goal and the score was 0-0 heading into the second quarter.

Waukon went four and out to start the second quarter, with Decorah getting the ball at its own 49 yard line.  A face mask penalty on the Indians gave Decorah the ball in Waukon territory, but a grounding call against Decorah led to a Viking punt.  Waukon went four and out, but a nearly 60-yard punt pinned Decorah way back in its own territory.  Decorah went four and out, Waukon was forced to punt and Decorah could not score as the half ended in a scoreless tie.

Decorah looked like a different team after halftime, with four consecutive first downs on running plays and then a 12-yard touchdown pass from Briggs Duwe to Joe Bockman.  The extra point missed because of a high snap, but Decorah had a 6-0 lead.  Waukon couldn't score, then Decorah took over the ball, with Nick Einck scoring on a 42-yard run to make it 12-0 at the end of the third quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, the two teams traded possessions.  Then with under 6 minutes remaining in the game, Waukon's Creed Welch hit Brady Behrend on a 74-yard pass down to the Viking red zone.  Welch scored on a 2-yard run with 5:44 left and a 2-point conversion made it 12-8 Decorah.  However, a bad Decorah punt led to a safety and narrowed the score to 12-10 Decorah.  The Vikings had to kick to Waukon after the safety and a long kickoff runback took the Indians into Decorah territory.  With just under two minutes left in the game, Waukon scored on a 3-yard run by Ethan O'Neill and the Indians took their first lead of the game, 18-12.  The Decorah offense made it interesting, driving to the Waukon 12-yard line, then scoring on a pass play from Duwe to Bockman with under 30 seconds left.  The extra point was good--and Decorah had a 19-18 victory.

The Vikings will go on the road next Friday, traveling to Cresco to take on the Crestwood Cadets.  

 Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4QTotal
 Waukon 0 0 0 18 18
 Decorah 0 0 12 7 19

Briggs Duwe picks up a first down
Kody Bodensteiner works to get free of a Waukon defender
Brody Young tries a long field goal
Waukon's Creed Welch jumps high to make an intersection