Collin Nimrod (No. 10, with the ball) looks for room to run. Also pictured are Riley Rue (No. 67) and Cole Svestka (blocking No. 15). (Photo by Rick Fromm)
Collin Nimrod (No. 10, with the ball) looks for room to run. Also pictured are Riley Rue (No. 67) and Cole Svestka (blocking No. 15). (Photo by Rick Fromm)
Attention all doubters - the Class 3A No. 2 Decorah football team is on a mission to prove it can win a second straight state title.

The Vikes, who last year went a perfect 14-0 and are currently on a 24-game win streak, started its road to a title Wednesday by defeating No. 4-seed DeWitt 34-7.

With the win, Decorah (10-0) moves on to battle Maquoketa (7-3), which defeated Crestwood 19-13 in overtime in the first round.

The second round battle was Monday, Nov. 4, in Decorah (visit decorahnewspapers.com Monday night for details on the game). The winner advances on to the quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 8, against the winner of Solon (9-1) and West Delaware (9-1).

"I think that first playoff game is always kind of testy. You never know quite what the other districts have to offer as far as ability of players and physicality. You see them on film but actually going against it, it's always kind of a mystery. It's nice to get that first playoff win under our belts, get moving in the right direction. It proves we're capable of competing with other groups," said Coach Bill Post.

Airing it out

Fans who attended Wednesday's first round game saw something from the Vikes they hadn't seen all year - a non-stop throwing attack. The Vikes picked up 129 yards through the air, all in the first half.

Decorah started the game with the ball, going 74 yards on four plays, with quarterback Bryce Pierce finding Holt Johansen for the 27-yard reception and score. With the kick, it was 7-0.

The Sabers took advantage of a Decorah fumble, going down the field and scored on a 15-yard rush to tie the game.

Decorah made quick work on its next drive, with two Jake Hovden rushes, a Pierce to Kyle Kane 15-yard pass and a Pierce to Bryton Meyer 26-yard throw for a score to make it 14-7.

Attention all doubters - the Class 3A No. 2 Decorah football team is on a mission to prove it can win a second straight state title.

The Vikes, who last year went a perfect 14-0 and are currently on a 24-game win streak, started its road to a title Wednesday by defeating No. 4-seed DeWitt 34-7.

With the win, Decorah (10-0) moves on to battle Maquoketa (7-3), which defeated Crestwood 19-13 in overtime in the first round.

The second round battle was Monday, Nov. 4, in Decorah (visit decorahnewspapers.com Monday night for details on the game). The winner advances on to the quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 8, against the winner of Solon (9-1) and West Delaware (9-1).

"I think that first playoff game is always kind of testy. You never know quite what the other districts have to offer as far as ability of players and physicality. You see them on film but actually going against it, it's always kind of a mystery. It's nice to get that first playoff win under our belts, get moving in the right direction. It proves we're capable of competing with other groups," said Coach Bill Post.

Airing it out

Fans who attended Wednesday's first round game saw something from the Vikes they hadn't seen all year - a non-stop throwing attack. The Vikes picked up 129 yards through the air, all in the first half.

Decorah started the game with the ball, going 74 yards on four plays, with quarterback Bryce Pierce finding Holt Johansen for the 27-yard reception and score. With the kick, it was 7-0.

The Sabers took advantage of a Decorah fumble, going down the field and scored on a 15-yard rush to tie the game.

Decorah made quick work on its next drive, with two Jake Hovden rushes, a Pierce to Kyle Kane 15-yard pass and a Pierce to Bryton Meyer 26-yard throw for a score to make it 14-7.

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