The Decorah sophomore football team (2-3) battled hard but came out on the short end of the stick on homecoming Friday with a 12-14 defeat against West Delaware.

"We did a nice job battling back in the second half to make it into a competitive ball game, but we still need to continue to work on improving some of the small details of the game where we are missing important opportunities," commented Coach Jeff Freidhof.

After giving up eight points in the first half, the Vikings started the second half with Cole Steffen connecting with Garrett Wise for a 37-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion failed. The Vikings would strike again in the third quarter when Steffen would break free on a 47-yard touchdown scamper. The two-point conversion failed.

Offensively, Steffen led the rushing attack with five carries for 64 yards while Wise had 13 carries for 63 yards. Steffen was 4-for-10 passing with Wise being the leading receiver with two catches for 37 yards.

Defensively, Tim Winter led the way tackling with three solo and nine assisted tackles, Parker Lane had three solo and three assisted, Wise had three solo and two assisted and Brad Corrigan had two solo and four assisted tackles. Wise was also credited with one sack while Marshall Johnson had an interception with a 10-yard return and Gabe Varney also had an interception. Thomas Pecinovsky and Jake Marlow were each credited with a fumble recovery.

The sophomores return to action Friday, Oct. 4, on the road at Vinton-Shellsburg. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m.