The Decorah sophomore football team (2-1) kept its momentum going from last week and picked up its second win of the season with a 25-0 shut out over the Mustangs of Independence.
"We are pleased with the victory, but we know we had too many penalties in the game and have some fundamental areas of the game we must continue to improve on. We are moving forward as a team and know we can play even better football down the road," stated Coach Jesse Halweg.
The Vikings started scoring early with Garrett Wise taking the handoff on the first offensive snap and going 77 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Parker Lane followed with the successful PAT.
In the second quarter, Gabe Varney would find the end zone from 4 yards out to put the sophomores up 13-0. The PAT was no good. Varney would garner another rushing touchdown in the second when he would scamper in from 13 yards out. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful.
In the second half, special teams would get into the action with Cole Steffen taking the second half kickoff from the Decorah 15-yard line and returning 83 yards to the Independence 2. Steffen would take the quarterback keep on the next play and dive in for the TD for the final Viking score. The point-after failed.
Offensively, Wise led the ground attack again with 124 yards on five carries. Lane had 61 yards on seven carries, and Varney had 31 yards on five carries. Steffen was 3-for-4 for 12 yards with Miles Smith the leading receiver with two catches for 11 yards.
Defensively, Wise had two solo tackles and six assists, Cameron Korsness made three solo tackles and one assist, Steffen had three solo tackles, and Thomas Pecinovsky had two solo and three assists. Drake Bauer, Bohden Bigler, Keegan Leleifeld, Andrew Bonelli and Tim Winter were all credited with sacks. Winter also had one 27-yard interception return.
The sophomores return to action Friday, Sept. 20, with a 5 p.m. road game at Charles City.