Twenty-nine unanswered points by the Decorah freshmen football team (2-1) led to a 36-6 victory over Independence Thursday night.
The Vikings led 7-6 early in the second quarter, thanks to a Brent Schaeffer 13-yard run and PAT. From there, the Vikes took control. Schaeffer scored again, this time on a 12-yard rush. The PAT missed, making the score 13-6 at the half.
In the third quarter, the Vikes put up 15 more points. The first came from a Shawn Shindelar 35-yard rushing attack, with Shindelar keeping the ball for the two-point conversion. The second score of the game was a Zachary DeVore 60-yard scamper. Schaeffer kicked the extra point. The final score was a DeVore 32-yard rush, with Cade Klimesh scoring on the two-point run.
"We were sloppy with the football in the first half, and turnovers hurt us," said Coach Scott Pierce. "We played much better in the second half on both offense and defense. Coach (Steve) Nesteby and I were pleased with how we played mentally and physically after halftime."
The Vikes had 355 yards of total offense. Shindelar led the way with 118 yards rushing on 12 carries. DeVore picked up 99 yards while Schaeffer had 91 yards. Blake Schmelzer caught the only pass for 20 yards.
On defense, Dominic Mueller had five solo and one assisted tackle. Shindelar had five solo tackles. DeVore was there for three solo and one assisted stop. Daniel Ott made an interception.
The Vikes host Charles City Thursday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m.