For the second Friday night in a row, the Decorah Viking football team wins a thriller

Posted: Fri, Sep 4, 2020 9:28 PM
It was perfect weather for a football game

For the second week in a row, the Decorah Viking football team started slowly, but came on strong at the end.  The result was another fourth quarter thriller, won by the Vikings, 21-20.

It was a perfect night for a football game in Cresco.  Again the Vikings started slowly, going four and out on their first possession, then giving up the ball to the Crestwood Cadets, who also couldn't do much.  In the final five minutes of the first half, Crestwood quarterback Carter Henry broke away from defenders and ran 64 yards into the Viking end zone, giving the Cadets a 7-0 lead at 4:37 left in the first quarter.

That lead held up for much of the second quarter.  Decorah began putting together a drive in the closing moments of the half, taking the ball in their own territory, then reaching midfield on a run by Briggs Duwe, then a Brody Young run took the Vikings to the Cadets 36 yard line.  Several plays later, the Vikings scored on a 12-yard pass from Duwe to Young with 1:11 left in the quarter.  The halftime score was a 7-7 tie.

Decorah got the football to start the third quarter, and when forced to punt, a mistake on the snap almost cost the Vikings a score, but the punt got kicked to midfield.  Crestwood was unable to take advantage of the mistake and the two teams traded punts for the rest of the quarter.

Crestwood was on the march as the fourth quarter began, with help from a 15-yard face mask penalty by Decorah.  Carter Henry gave the Cadets the lead at 10:48 with a 3-yard run.  The next time Crestwood got the football, Henry scored again, this time by throwing a pass to Treyton Burnikel, who ran 67 yards into the end zone, giving Crestwood a 20-7 lead.

But Decorah's Jacob Pipho took the ensuing kickoff and returned it 92 yards for a touchdown, narrowing Crestwood's lead to 20-14.

The next time Decorah got the football, it was Decorah's turn to march down the field.  A 29-yard pass from Duwe to Joseph Bockman brought the Vikings to Crestwood's 5 yard line.  A run brought the Vikings just to the end zone line, then a run by Cael Luzum at 1:22 left in the game--plus an extra point--gave Decorah the 21-20 lead, which held up for the Viking victory.

It was the second game in a row won by the Vikings, who beat Waukon 19-18 last Friday.  Decorah will host West Delaware next Friday.  It will be Homecoming at Decorah HS.

Crestwood quarterback Carter Henry had a 64-yard touchdown run
Viking QB Briggs Duwe pitches to Nicholas Einck
Kody Bodensteiner (right) signals a touchdown as Brody Young (on the ground) crosses the goal line
Joe Bockman gives Nicholas Einck a hand up