The Decorah freshman football team (1-1) got its first win of the season Thursday night, defeating South Winn 35-0 in Decorah.
The game was originally scheduled to be played in Calmar but was moved to Decorah.
"We worked this week on blocking and tackling, and it looked like it helped us," said Coach Scott Pierce.
The game was scoreless after the first quarter. In the second, Brent Schaeffer scored on a 5-yard rush to get the Vikes on the board. Schaeffer kicked the PAT to make it 7-0. They added another score in the frame, when Jacob Roher caught a 22-yard pass from Paul Strand. With the Schaeffer kick, it was 14-0.
Moving to the third quarter, Shawn Shindelar scored on a 22-yard rush. Schaeffer put the ball through the uprights to make it 21-0. It was a 34-yard TD run for Zachary DeVore for the fourth score of the game. Schaeffer went 4-for-4 to make it 28-0. The final score of the game was a Brendan Numedahl 3-yard TD rush, with Schaeffer finishing the night perfect on extra points.
The Vikes had 161 total yards of offense and 241 all-poupose yards. Strand was 1-for-3 throwing the ball. Schaeffer led the ground game with five rushes for 41 yards. DeVore picked up 30 yards while Shindelar had 27.
On defense, Daniel Ott had a big game with two solo and four assisted tackles. Dawson Meyer had one solo and three assists while Shindelar had one solo and four assists.
Cade Klimesh punted twice for 55 total yards. DeVore had one kick return brought back 45 yards.
"It was a good, close game through the first quarter, but it also looked like our larger squad size was a bonus," said Pierce. "We will continue to work on fundamentals like blocking, tackling and protecting the football, but we took a nice step forward."
The Vikings travel to Independence Thursday, Sept. 12, for a 6 p.m. game.