By Becky Walz,
Like most squads in northeast Iowa, the Decorah football team was unable to take the field Friday night for its opener and opted for the Saturday morning contest at Crestwood instead. When the game finally got rolling Saturday, it was the Vikings setting the pace and claiming the 41-14 victory.
On the first possession of the game, Noah Storts broke free for a 69-yard reception touchdown. For good measure, Brody Young tacked on a 44-yard field goal to give Decorah an early 10-0 lead after the first quarter. The Vikings kept the pressure on as Ben Wymer hauled in an interception near midfield as the quarter was closing in on its final seconds.
Keenan Tyler and Brody Young each had a touchdown in the second with a 26-yard carry by Tyler and 42-yard dart from Young. A 33-yard field goal by Young pushed Decorah ahead 27-0 at halftime.
The Vikings started the second half by pinning the Cadets deep in their own territory and taking over on downs at the Crestwood 4-yard line, setting up the easy run by Young to put yet another tally on the board for Decorah. The Cadets finally got on the board in the third quarter after going 36 yards in five plays. Wymer would tack on another TD for the Vikes late in the third as Crestwood completed the scoring in the fourth.
In the stat book
Decorah collected 15 first downs, with 144 yards rushing and nine passes for 173 yards. Crestwood had 11 first downs with 44 yards coming on the ground and 88 in the air.
Individually for Decorah, Tyler picked up 70 yards rushing and passed for another 173 yards. Young picked up 51 yards on the ground. Storts hauled in three passes for 84 yards, while Joe Bockman caught four passes for 70 yards.
On defense, Tyler led the way with 8 solo tackles and 1 assisted tackle. Brady Stille had two solo and four assisted stops. Tate Johnson, Wymer and Stille all collected interceptions.
At home Friday
Decorah will take its own field Friday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m., with hopes of defeating Waukon for the second season in a row.
1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
Decorah 10 17 14 0 41
Crestwood 0 0 6 8 14
Decorah – Keenan Tyler 69-yd. pass to Noah Storts (Brody Young PAT)
Decorah – Young 44-yd. field goal
Decorah – Tyler 26 yd. run (Young PAT)
Decorah – Young 42-yd. run (Young PAT)
Decorah – Young 33-yd. field goal
Decorah – Young 4-yd. run (Young PAT)
Crestwood – 3-yd. run (2-pt. pass failed)
Decorah – Ben Wymer 1-yd. run (Young PAT)
Crestwood – 15-yd. run (2-pt. run)
Total yards: Decorah 317; Crestwood 132
Passing (comp/att/yds): Keenan Tyler (9-13, 173 yds., 1 TD)
Rushing (att/yds): Tyler (10-70, 1 TD); Brody Young (8-51, 2 TD); Dane Frieden (2-13); Jaden Baker (3-13); Brady Stille (2-3); Ben Wymer (3-1)
Receiving (att/yds/TD): Noah Storts (3-84, 1 TD); Joe Bockman (4-70); Jacob Pipho (1-12)
Tackles (solo/assists): Tyler 9; Stille 6; Storts 4; Wymer 4; Joseph Hjelle 4; Bockman 3; Carson Wemark 3; Ryan Johanningmeier 3; Baker 3; Erik Hjelle 3; Kendall McCain 3; Zach Jermeier 2; Young 2; Brayden Reiser 2; Thomas Ostlie 2; Kasey Krauskopf 1; Trysten Finholdt 1; Gavin Stortz 1; Garrick Smith 1
Interceptions (no/return yds): Tate Johnson (1-14); Wymer (1-0); Stille (1-0)
Punts (att/yds): Storts (2-71)
Kick-offs (att/yds): Young (7-356, 1 TB)
Kick-off returns (att/yds): Bockman (1-29); Pipho (1-25)