The Decorah sophomore football team (1-1) got the Viking ship pointed in the right direction by earning a solid victory over a physical and well-coached Marion team 20-12 Friday night.
"We made some personnel adjustments this week and refocused on fundamental skills, and it seemed to have a positive effect," said Head Coach Jeff Freidhof. "One of the biggest improvements for us from week one to week two was our improvement in special team play. We are looking forward to building on the momentum from this game and continue to improve."
The Vikings struck first in first quarter of the game when Garrett Wise broke free on a 33-yard touchdown run. Zach Lea connected on the successful point-after attempt.
Wise would find paydirt again in the third quarter with a long 65-yard TD run. Lea followed with another good point-after.
Wise would finish out the Decorah scoring in the fourth quarter with a final touchdown scamper of 45 yards. The point-after failed. The Vikings were able to end the game when Trey Baures fielded a Marion onside kick, and the Vikings were able to run out the clock.
Offensively, Wise led the rushing attack with 14 carries for 190 yards and three touchdowns. Lea had 10 carries for 42 yards. Cole Steffen was 3-for-5 passing for 22 yards, with Lea being the leading receiver with one catch for 14 yards.
Defensively Wise had five solo and sevem assisted tackles. Robbie Smedsrud made one solo and five assisted tackles. Christopher Sherman had six assisted tackles. Spencer Bulman contributed five assisted stops. Lea had two solo and three assisted tackles, Brad Corrigan had one solo and five assisted tackles, while Thomas Pecinovsky had one solo, five assisted tackles and one fumble recovery.
The sophomore Vikings return to action this week at home against the Mustangs of Independence Friday, Sept. 13, with a 5 p.m. kickoff.