The Decorah freshmen football team (0-1) struggled to get its offense going Thursday night in the opening game of the year as the Vikes fell at home to Waverly-Shell Rock (1-0) 0-7.

The Go-Hawks scored the only points of the game in the first quarter.

"We were not able to muster any offense, and we had one turnover which led to a very short field for our opponents," said Head Coach Scott Pierce. "We did play what we thought was mentally sharp football. We adjusted to what they ran pretty well, but we did not tackle well."

Zachary DeVore led the Decorah running game with 15 yards on three carries.

The defense was led by Brendan Numedahl, who had five solo tackles, four assists, one fumble recovery and one interception. Shawn Shindelar had six solo tackles and two assists. Adam Hovden contributed three solo stops and seven assists.

Cade Klimesh punted three times for 105 yards, a 35-yards-per-kick average.

Following the game, the teams played a "fifth" quarter, where they each ran eight plays of offense. Decorah held the Go-Hawks scoreless. Klimesh scored on a 1-yard run for the Vikes.

"We will work hard this next week on blocking and tackling," said Pierce.

Decorah hosts South Winn Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m.