Quarterback Bryce Pierce threw for 163 yards and rushed for 96 Monday night. (Photo by Rick Fromm)
Quarterback Bryce Pierce threw for 163 yards and rushed for 96 Monday night. (Photo by Rick Fromm)

The Class 3A No. 2 Decorah football team (11-0) had to dig deep Monday night to defeat Maquoketa (7-4) 40-24 in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs.

The Vikes, who were without Jake Hovden for much of the night and Holt Johansen due to a broken foot, trailed 7-0 after the first quarter and were down 10-7 in the second quarter.

However, five touchdowns in the final 25 minutes of the game gave the Vikes their 25th win in a row.

Decorah next faces Solon (10-1) Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at home. Solon knocked off West Delaware 49-20 in the second round.

For more details and photos, pick up Thursday's Decorah Journal.