Decorah's Cole Svestka goes after the loose ball. (Photo by Rick Fromm)
Four rushing touchdowns in the first half, a 91-yard interception return to the house and two recovered fumbles pushed the Class 3A No. 6 Decorah football team (2-0) to a 34-7 win over Marion (1-1) Friday night in the home opener.
The Vikings, the defending Class 3A state champions, are now on a 16-game win streak, tied for the second longest in the state.
"I think the kids all played together. They believed in themselves to get it done. This was something that was special to them," said Coach Bill Post.
Dominating the line
Decorah brought its "A" game from the opening kickoff, when junior Jake Hovden took the kickoff 50 yards to set up shop at the Marion 47. The five play, 47-yard drive was capped with a 32-yard Mikhail Suvorov run to the end zone. The point-after missed, making it 6-0 Decorah just 2:43 into the game.
Not wanting the offense to steal the show, the Viking defense made its presence known on Marion's first drive. On 2nd and 2, linebacker Kyle Kane intercepted the pass.
After both teams failed to convert on their next drives, Decorah took over on their 43 with just under four minutes to go in the first. Decorah went to the ground game, with a few passes thrown in. Moving to the second quarter, Holt Johansen found a seam and rushed in from 3 yards out. Hovden took the handoff on the two-point try, making it 14-0.
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