It was a little unconventional, but the Decorah freshman football team (3-1) got a victory Thursday night, defeating Charles City 24-6 at home.
The game was started an hour early and was shortened to eight-minute quarters due to impending bad weather.
The Vikes wasted no time getting on the board, knowing the game would go quickly. Zach DeVore got on the board first with a 48-yard run, capped with a Brent Schaeffer PAT. In the second, Schaeffer hit a 27-yard field goal. Z. DeVore scored again on a 15-yard pass from Paul Strand, with Shawn Shindelar keeping the ball on the two-point play. Charles City scored in the third, cutting the lead to 18-6. Decorah's final score came in the fourth on a Brendan Numedahl 12-yard run.
"We did some more very good things," said Coach Scott Pierce. "We kicked a 27-yard field goal without using a timeout - good discipline for a freshmen team. We had a tremendous drive right before halftime that ended in a TD pass. The kids were able to hustle to the line and spike the ball to stop the clock - also very well done for freshmen. We must, however, reduce our mistakes.
"Zach DeVore had a big game with a long TD run and a nice touchdown reception. His twin brother, Michael, had a nice 65-yard TD run called back by a penalty as well, nearly a huge night for their family. Our defensive front seven men had a very good night stopping their running game. We can help our defense by protecting the football a little better, however."
The Vikes picked up 304 all-purpose yards and 215 yards on offense. Shindelar had 67 yards on 11 carries. Strand completed three passes for 43 yards. Z. DeVore had 48 yards rushing. The defense was led by Jacob Roher with four solo and one assisted tackle, along with two sacks. Numedahl and Dominic Miller both were in on four stops. Numedahl and Cade Klimesh had a fumble recovery.
The Vikes are at West Delaware Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m.