By Becky Walz,
Four touchdowns in the first half was just enough for the Decorah football team (1-1) to escape with a 27-24 win over Waukon (0-2) on the road Friday night.
“We are proud of the way our team came out to play and how they competed for the whole game. We still have many areas to improve in and we can still play more physically,” said Coach Pat Trewin. “We had a few penalties and turnovers that could have cost us, and we need to make sure we execute our assignment correctly. However, it was great progress from game one to game two.”
The early advantage
Decorah started the game with some great fortune and hustle when Kasey Krauskopf recovered the kick-off that went short and to the Viking sideline, leading to Brady Stille’s 24-yard pass to Ben Wymer that ended in the end zone. After the Red and Blue defense got the stop, it was time for the Viking offense to get back to work. Decorah went 66-yards on 11 plays, setting up Baker’s second score of the game to put the visitors on top 14-0.
“After that we had momentum and fought hard to keep things going. We played just well enough in all phases of the game to get the win,” said Coach Trewin.
The Indians managed to put up a score late in the first quarter to make it 14-6 in favor of the Vikings. Decorah senior William Einck made a 22-yard dash to the Waukon 3-yard line on the final play of the opening period to set the stage for the second quarter. Once again it was Baker getting the hand-off on the first play of the second stanza, plunging his way into the end zone and a 21-6 Viking lead. It took most of the period for Waukon to get another chance at the goal line as the team’s left the field with Decorah leading 27-12 at halftime.
Waukon kept scratching away at the Vikings’ advantage with another touchdown in the third and one in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to get the win.
“Ben Wymer had a big game with many tackles, punt returns and receptions. Brady Stille executed the offense pretty well as he threw some nice balls and ran hard, while Jaden Baker had many tough carries,” said Coach Trewin.
Wymer ended the night with 50 yards rushing and 23 receiving yards to go with nine solo tackles and four assisted tackles. Stille completed 7-of-11 passes for 95 yards and carried the ball 16 times to lead the Vikings with 92 rushing yards. Defensively, Stille provided three solo tackles and four assisted stops, as did Brady Benzing. Baker gained 84 yards on the ground in his 20 carries.
Another big one
Decorah will be back at home Friday, Sept. 10, versus West Delaware at 7:30 p.m.
“They have several new people in their lineup, but they are physical and talented. Don’t be fooled by their record and the scores of those games,” said Coach Trewin. “We have become rivals over the past twenty years with each team winning some key games both in the regular and postseason against each other.”
1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
Decorah 14 13 0 0 27
Waukon 6 6 6 6 24
Decorah – Brady Stille 24-yd. pass to Ben Wymer (Erik Hjelle PAT)
Decorah – Jaden Baker 1-yd. run (Hjelle PAT)
Waukon – 12-yd. pass (PAT failed)
Decorah – Baker 3-yd. run (Hjelle PAT)
Decorah – Baker 3-yd. run (Hjelle PAT missed)
Waukon – 9-yd. run (2-pt. failed)
Waukon – 29-yd. pass (2-pt. failed)
Waukon – 9-yd. pass (2-pt. failed)
Total yards: Decorah 288; Waukon 325
Passing (comp/att/yds): Brady Stille (7-11, 95 yds., 1 TD, 2 INT)
Rushing (att/yds): Stille (16-92); Jaden Baker (20-84, 3 TD); Ben Wymer (4-23)
Receiving (att/yds/TD): Wymer (4-50, 1 TD); William Einck (1-22); Kaiden Quandahl (1-17); Casey Brickley (1-6)
Tackles (solo/assists): Wymer (9-4); Stille (3-4); Brady Benzing (3-4); Brady Bohner (3-3); Einck (2-3); Dakota Johnson (2-1); Kasey Krauskopf (1-2); Quandahl (1-2); Jeron Feuerhelm (1-0); Erik Hjelle (1-0); Fisher Tweten (1-0); Kelley Gates (1-0); William Hahn (0-2)
Punts (att/yds): Quandahl (1-29)
Punt returns (att/yds): Wymer (2-31)
Kick-offs (att/yds): Hjelle (5-297)
Kick-off returns (att/yds): Baker (2-44); Quandahl (1-25); Wymer (1-11)