Dustin Smith pursues the Cardinal ball carrier. (Photo by Rick Fromm)
A few lightning strikes did nothing to stop the Class 3A No. 1 Decorah football team Wednesday night in the first round of the playoffs.
Thanks to strong defense, key special teams play and, of course, a dominating offense, the No. 1 seed Vikes put up 35 points on No. 4 seed Maquoketa (5-5) before the weather forced the teams off the field. After an hour delay, the game was called, handing the Vikes a 35-0 victory.
With the win, Decorah (10-0) now faces Solon (8-2) in the second round match, which was played Monday, Oct. 29, at home. (Visit Decorahnewspapers.com for details on Monday's game). Solon advanced after defeating Crestwood 24-7 in the first round.
The win was Coach Bill Post's 150th of his career.
Two big quarters
Wednesday the Vikes came out a bit sluggish on offense in the first quarter, punting on their only complete drive.
The special teams set the Vikes up on their next drive, thanks to Brett Johnson returning a punt 22 yards to the Maquoketa 19. At the end of the quarter, the Vikes were on the Maquoketa 8. Three plays later, Josey Jewell was dancing into the end zone from 1 yard out. With Josh Lee's kick, it was 7-0 Decorah.
On the Cardinals' next drive, Andy Hovden was the man on the spot, recovering the quarterback's fumble to give Decorah the ball at the 18 again. One play later, Jewell was back in the end zone, making it 14-0 after the PAT.
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