The Decorah defense punished the Comets the entire game, allowing just 101 yards of offense. Pictured making this tackle are, from left - John Elsbernd (No. 72, on the ground), Eric Syverson (No. 82, in the back) and Cole Roher (No. 31). (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Twenty-one first quarter points? Check. Punt return for a touchdown? Check. A hungry defense? Double check.
Those key ingredients helped the Class 3A No. 2 Decorah football team (4-0, 1-0 district) move its way to an 18-game win streak thanks to a 49-8 victory at non-district Charles City Friday night.
The win streak for the Vikes, ranked No. 4 by the Des Moines Register and tied for second according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, is the second longest in the state behind Iowa City Regina, which last lost to Solon in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A state playoffs in 2009, a 46-game win streak.
"We haven't said a word about it. I haven't said it, none of the other coaches have said it. I make it a point not to say anything about it because my focus is each game as we play it," said Coach Bill Post.
From the opening kickoff the Vikings were in control. Charles City got the ball first but fumbled on 3rd and 4, with Decorah's Brady Dawley recovering on the 29. It took just one play for Holt Johansen to get into the end zone. With Andy Sikkink's kick it was 7-0 Decorah just 1:34 into the game.
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