Decorah's perfect season in football is foiled by Waverly

Posted: Sat, Oct 3, 2020 9:32 AM
Joseph Bockman had four catches for 54 yards (Photos by's Michael Floy)

Waverly-Shell Rock entered Viking Stadium Friday night with an overall record of 2 wins and 3 losses, trying to play spoiler at Decorah's Homecoming.

The Vikings started the game by kicking off to Waverly's one-yard line, but Waverly's Donovan Wessel returned the football to the 20. Three running plays gave the Go-Hawks an apparent 1st down, but it was called back on a holding penalty. The following play saw Waverly's McCrae Hagarty run for 11 yards for the 1st down.  Another penalty for holding backed up the Go-Hawks on their opening drive after crossing midfield. With 2nd & 12 on their own 42-yard line, Brady Ramker passed to Asa Newsom for a 1st down at the Viking's 43-yard line to keep the drive alive.

Waverly controlled the ball with 12 plays in just over 7 minutes, but turned the ball over on downs when they failed to convert a 4th and 2 from the Vikings 33-yard line. The Vikings first play on offense was an incomplete pass from Briggs Duwe to Joseph Bockman.  On the next play, Briggs Duwe kept the ball and ran 67 yards for a touchdown with 4 minutes remaining in the first quarter. Brody Young added the extra point to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead.

The Viking defense settled in and held the Go-Hawks, forcing them to punt, giving the Vikings excellent field position at their own 48-yard line. The Vikings marched the ball down to the Waverly 20-yard line as the first quarter ended.

The 1st play in the 2nd quarter saw a pass from Briggs Duwe to Joseph Bockman for a 1st down at the 6-yard line. Waverly's defense held the Vikings, forcing Decorah to go for a field goal. Brody Young was good on the 20-yard field goal with 10:14 remaining in the 2nd quarter, giving the Vikings a 10 - 0 lead.

Following the kickoff, Waverly responded with a 52-yard pass from Brady Ramker to Asa Newson to get to the Vikings 32-yard line.  After another 1st down, a false start penalty backed up the Go-Hawks.  A few plays later, McCrae Hagarty took the ball to the 2-yard line. Asa Newsom scored on the following play with 5:40 remaining in the first half, bringing the score to 10-7 in favor of the Vikings.

The Vikings answered with 31 seconds remaining in the half with a 1-yard touchdown run by Cael Luzum. Brody Young added the extra point to give the Vikings a 17-7 lead over Waverly-Shell Rock going into halftime.

The Vikings started the 3rd quarter with the ball, but were unable to make any progress and had to punt.  Waverly took the ball near the 50-yard line and brought it back to the Vikings 39-yard line, giving them excellent field position. On the next play, Briggs Duwe picked off Waverly's pass from Brady Ramker.  Two penalties (Illegal block and tripping) against the Vikings brought the ball back to the Vikings 5-yard line for a 1st-and-19.  A fumble from a low snap, recovered by the Vikings, left the ball on the 1-yard line and forced the Vikings to punt.

On Waverly's 3rd possession of the second half, a fake handoff by Brady Ramker lead to a 64-yard run for a touchdown with 3:59 remaining in the 3rd quarter, bringing the score to 17-14 Decorah.

Late in the third quarter, Waverly fumbled the football, which was recovered by Decorah's Dakota Swatek on Waverly's 48-yard line with 1:14 left in the quarter.  A Briggs Duwe pass to Jacob Pipho kept the drive alive and moved the ball to the 35-yard line to end the 3rd.  However, the Vikings were not able to score at the start of the 4th quarter..

A pass interference penalty against the Vikings kept a Waverly drive going. Four plays later the Go-Hawks took the lead, 21-17, with 4:41 remaining in the game on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Brady Ramker.

With time running out, Decorah's Sawyer Bulman recovered another fumble, this one on the 25-yard line. Briggs Duwe connected with Kody Bodensteiner  for 12 yards and a 1st down, followed by another pass from Duwe to Joseph Bockman.  It looked like the Vikings might pull off a victory, but the Vikings turned over the ball on downs with 1:18 remaining.  Decorah had no timeouts remaining, so Waverly-Shell Rock was able to run out the clock and hold on for a victory over the Vikings.

 Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Total
 Waverly 0 7 7 7 21
 Decorah 7 10 0 0 17

Briggs Duwe was 8 of 24 passing, with a total of 96 yards
Cale Luzum rushed for 29 yards on 9 attempts
Waverly put up a strong defense against the Vikings, especially in the second half
The Viking defense gave up 349 yards total offense to Waverly