Decorah beats Western Dubuque 35-20 for District championship

Posted: Sat, Oct 10, 2020 8:42 AM
Kody Bodensteiner jumps high for a pass (Photos by's Michael Floy)

The Decorah Viking football team Friday night rebounded from last week's upset loss to Waverly-Shell Rock and controlled Western Dubuque, winning a 35-20 decision at Viking Stadium.

It was a perfect evening for football.  The Vikings scored the first two times they got the football.  After stopping Western Dubuque after the opening kickoff, Decorah got the football at their own 23 yard line.  Two pass completions by Briggs Duwe to Joseph Bockman and one completion to Kody Bodensteiner gave the Vikings the football deep in Western Dubuque territory.  Cael Luzum then ran the football into the end zone from 9 yards out, giving Decorah the early 7-0 lead.

A penalty and some incomplete passes forced Western Dubuque to punt and Decorah got the football at the Bobcat 46 yard line.  Another pass completion to Joseph Bockman gave the Vikings the football at Western Dubuque's29 yard line, with a second pass completion--this one to Jacob Pipho--giving the Vikings a first down at the 9 yard line.  Keenan Tyler ran the football into the end zone on the next play and Decorah was up 14-0.

In the second quarter, a long drive by the Bobcats cut the score to 14-7, Decorah.  The Vikings were unable to mount another drive and the score stayed at 14-7 at halftime.

Decorah took the second half opening kickoff and ran it to their own 35 yard line.  The offense then began a long march down the field.  Keenan Tyler took over temporarily at quarterback and finished the drive with a 3 yard touchdown run to put Decorah ahead, 21-7.  Western Dubuque answered with a touchdown of its own, but missed an extra point kick, which left the score at 21-13 at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Viking defense stepped up.  Western Dubuque quarterback Garrett Baumhover was intercepted by Decorah's Joseph Bockman and Bockman ran the football 36 yards into the Bobcat end zone to give Decorah a 28-13 lead.

Baumhover later connected on an 18-yard passing touchdown to bring the score to 28-20, but Briggs Duwe, back at quarterback, engineered at 75-yard drive which chewed up the clock and gave Decorah the 35-20 lead.  That's the way the score ended as Western Dubuque was not able to score when it got the football.

The Vikings ended with 233 yards rushing and 123 yards passing for total offense of 356 yards.  Decorah had possession of the football three times longer than Western Dubuque, limiting the Bobcats to just 12 minutes with the football.

Decorah will now wait to learn when and where it will begin postseason competition.

 Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Total
 W. Dubuque
 0 7 67
 Decorah 14 0 7 14 35

Mason O'Hara blocks a pass on defense (click on photos for larger images)
Briggs Duwe makes a tackle
Brody Young tries to elude tacklers
Cael Luzum, Nicholas Einck and Briggs Duwe combine for a tackle