New look Vikings have goals of continuing Decorah tradition
Five starters return for 2014 squad
Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:40 AM
A new generation of Vikings will take the field this fall for the red and blue.
At left, linemen returning with a letter for the Vikings are, from left, front row - Chris Hartman, Carter Zidlicky. Back row - Grant Grinna, Cory Anderson, Eric Syverson.
Having graduated 19-of-22 starters last season, the Decorah football team will be composed of many new faces looking to continue the winning streak.
If anyone can make a new roster click and battle for a state title, it’s Decorah veteran coach Bill Post. He boasts 42 years of experience at Decorah, with 21 as the head coach. During his tenure, he’s advanced to the state championship five times, winning a title in 2012. Overall, he’s compiled a 165-54 career mark.
For another season, he will be joined by Joel Rollinger, Pat Trewin, Jeff Freidhof, Jesse Halweg, Steve Nesteby, Scott Pierce and Adam Riley.
Job well done
The 2013 squad had a lot to live up to, after the previous team went undefeated and ranked No. 1 throughout the campaign on the way to the Class 3A state title. However, Decorah returned just two full-time and two part-time starters off that roster.
It started with a thriller in the first week against Waverly-Shell Rock. With Decorah leading 10-7, junior Jake Hovden took the kickoff and went 91 yards for the score to make it 17-7. Waverly came back to make it 17-14, but the Vikings held on for the win.
The next week, Decorah took care of Marion 34-7. Moving into the district, Decorah reined in the Mustangs of Independence 35-0. The Vikes traveled to Charles City for the final non-district game, winning 49-8. From there, Decorah rattled off five straight wins, defeating West Delaware 41-13, Vinton-Shellsburg 35-0, Crestwood 21-14, Oelwein 63-0 and Epworth 57-14 to go undefeated at 9-0 and win the district title.
That pushed the Vikings into the playoffs for the sixth straight season. First up was No. 4 seed DeWitt. No. 1 seed Decorah went to the air, throwing for 129 yards in the 34-7 victory. Next up for the No. 2-seed team was Maquoketa. Despite needing to use the next man in due to injuries, the Vikes took care of Cardinals 40-24 for their 25th win in a row.
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