The season has ended for the Decorah Viking football team

Posted: Fri, Oct 23, 2020 9:27 PM
Joseph Bockman was the offenisve star for the Vikings, with several pass receptions and punt returns (Photos by decorahsports.com's Paul Scott)

The Decorah Viking football team struggled to get its offense going on Friday night at home in a second round playoff game against Dubuque Wahlert.  The result was a 10-0 loss which ended the season for the Vikings, who finished with 6 wins and 2 losses.

The game started on a promising note for the Vikings.  Decorah's Joseph Bockman intercepted Wahlert quarterback Charlie Fair's pass after the Golden Eagles took the opening kickoff.  Viking quarterback Briggs Duwe then spotted Bockman for a long pass to the 9 yard line.  However, a fourth down run by Cael Luzum ended just one foot outside the end zone and the score remained 0-0.

Later in the first quarter, Brody Young attempted a 28-yard field goal as another Viking drive stalled, but the football sailed left and the game remained scoreless after one quarter.

Dubuque Wahlert put together a nice drive in the opening minutes of the second quarter, capped by a 29-yard field goal at 9:55 that made it 3-0 Wahlert.  Late in the second quarter, the Vikings forced the Golden Eagles to punt, but the kick hit a Viking player and was recovered by Wahlert, giving them the football for most of the rest of the second quarter.  However, a 48-yard field goal attempt by Wahlert with less than 15 seconds left in the half was not successful and that left the score at halftime Wahlert 3, Decorah 0.

The two teams traded possessions in the third quarter.  Decorah struggled to put together a long drive, getting some nice plays, but also getting a penalty or making some other mistake.  The score at the end of the third quarter was the same it was at halftime--3-0 Wahlert.

It looked like that might be the final score in the game, but with under 3 minutes left to play, Wahlert's quarterback Charlie Fair hit receiver Carson Cummer with a pass and Cummer ran 56 yards into the end zone to make it a 10-0 Wahlert lead.  That was the way the game ended.

The Vikings finished the game with 176 yards of total offense, while Wahlert had 314 yards.

Decorah ends its season with a record of six wins in the eight games they played.

 Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Totals
 Wahlert 0 3 0 7 10
 Decorah 0 0 0 0 0

A first quarter touchdown attempt came up one foot short
Cael Luzum escapes a would-be tackler
Wahlert's Carson Cummer scored the only touchdown of the ballgame
It was cold, but the wind died down, allowing Viking fans to cheer for their team