Thirteen Decorah football players were honored by the Class 3A District 5 for their play on the gridiron.

In total, nine Vikings were recognized as first team all-district while four were named to the second team. Fifteen Vikings were named academic all-district.

First team

Decorah had five players named to the first team offense while four were recognized for their play on defense.

Senior Holt Johansen earned his second first team selection as a back. The 6'0 senior led the team in rushing for the second season in a row. He had 113 carries for 760 yards, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. He scored 11 rushing TDs, with a long of 68. He also caught three passes for 45 yards and one touchdown.

Senior Bryce Pierce was recognized for his play as a quarterback. The 6'0" signal caller completed 64-of-110 passes for 1,208 yards. He had a 58.2 completion percentage and averaged 18.9 yards per catch. He threw 12 TDs and had a quarterback rating of 177.3. Pierce also rushed 57 times for 274 yards and 11 scores.

Kyle Kane, a senior, was recognized for his play as a receiver. At 6'2:, Kane led the receiving corps with 16 catches for 375 yards. He averaged 23.4 yards per catch and had four TDs, most on the team.

Sean Trewin and Nick Gossling, both seniors, were recognized for their play on the offensive line. As a unit, the line helped the Vikes gain 2,802 yards rushing and 1,259 passing, with an average of 338.4 yards per game.

Defensively, Austin Ashbacher earned his second straight first team all-district honor. The 6'0" Ashbacher led the team with 94 total tackles, 63 solo and 31 assisted. He had 17 solo tackles for a loss, five assisted, nine solo sacks and four assisted sacks. He also had a fumble recovery.

Senior Mikhail Suvorov garnered his first all-district honor for his play on the defensive line. At 6'2", Suvorov made 35 tackles, with 16 solo and 19 assisted. He also had six solo tackles for a loss, three assisted, three solo sacks and three assisted sacks. Suvorov picked off one pass.

In the secondary, junior Jake Hovden and senior Cole Svestka were recognized.

Hovden (5'10") made 47 total tackles, with 25 solo and 22 assisted. He also had two solo tackles for a loss and two assisted tackles for a loss. Hovden led the team in interceptions with four total for 43 return yards and one touchdown. Hovden was also dynamic on kick returns, with three punt return touchdowns and one kick return TD.

Svestka (6'1") was there for 33 total tackles (25 solo, eight assisted) and had one interception. Svestka also handled kicking duties. He had 65 kickoffs with an average of 53.2 yards per kick and 17 touchbacks. He connected on 12-for-13 point-after attempts. In the return game, Svestka had seven kickoff returns for an average of 19.7 yards and 10 punt returns for a 13.4 average.

Second team

Four Vikings were named to the second team, all earning their first district honor.

Senior Dustin Cary caught six passes for 89 yards and one touchdown. On defense he had 49 tackles (32 solo and 17 assisted), along with 6.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks. He also had one fumble recovery, returned 91 yards for the score.

Senior Matt Whittle was key on the defensive line. Whittle had 23 solo tackles and 16 assisted for 39 total stops. He also had five solo tackles for a loss and two sacks.

Bryton Meyer, a senior, caught seven passes for 88 yards and one 26-yard touchdown while on offense. Defensively, he had 15 total tackles, two tackles for a loss and two interceptions.

Jon Elsbernd, a senior, was a part of the offensive line and helped the Vikes pick up 4,061 yards of total offense and average 37.2 points per game. On defense, he had 11 total tackles, two tackles for a loss and one sack.


The Vikes weren't just honored for their play on the field. They also were recognized for their work in the classroom as 15 players were named academic all-district.

Among the honorees were: seniors (all second time honorees) - Dustin Cary, Brady Dawley, Nick Gossling, Connor Gossman, Cole Hamilton, Bryton Meyer, Bryce Pierce, Cole Roher, Dylan Stoddard-Henning, Andy Strand and Mikhail Suvorov; and juniors - Christopher Hartman, Nolan Heffern, Adam Knight and Jacob Leeps.