The Decorah sophomore football team (3-3) got back on the winning track with a tough come-from-behind victory against the Crestwood Cadets 16-14 Friday night.
"We were very pleased our kids were able to battle through adversity and find a way to come out with the win," said Coach Jesse Halweg. "Crestwood was a well coached, physical team that gave us a great challenge that made for a very exciting game. As we move forward we are going to continue to focus on our mental execution of the game."
The Vikings started out the scoring in the game with a 20-yard Zach Lea field goal in the first quarter.
Trailing 3-8 starting the second half, the sophomores were able to move the ball down the field on the starting drive and cap it off with a 44-yard TD pass from Cole Steffen to Garrett Wise. The PAT failed.
After falling behind again in the fourth quarter, the Vikings were able to march the ball down late in the fourth and gain the go-ahead score on an 8-yard TD run from Lea. Lea would then add the final point of the night with the successful PAT.
Offensively, Wise led the rushing attack with 10 carries for 91 yards while Lea had 11 carries for 75 yards. Parker Lane had four carries for 34 yards, and Steffen had six carries for 27 yards.
Defensively, Tim Winter led the tackling with three solo and three assisted tackles. Also with significant tackles were Brad Corrigan with two solo and two assisted, Gabe Varney with one solo and four assisted and Justin Adam had one solo and three assisted tackles. Lea also had one interception with a 7-yard return. Cyrek Nelson and Collin Tweten were each credited with one sack a piece.
The sophomores return to action Tuesday, Oct. 15, with a 6:30 p.m. game against North Fayette-Valley at West Union.