Independence quarterback Nicholas Holt (No. 12) was surrounded all night by the Viking defense. Pictured in on this stop are Mikhail Suvorov (No. 2), Dustin Cary (back) and Sean Trewin (No. 50). (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Independence quarterback Nicholas Holt (No. 12) was surrounded all night by the Viking defense. Pictured in on this stop are Mikhail Suvorov (No. 2), Dustin Cary (back) and Sean Trewin (No. 50). (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)

Stifling - that's the best way to describe the defensive effort put forth by the Class 3A No. 2 Decorah football team (3-0, 1-0 district) as the Vikings defeated Independence (1-2, 0-1 district) 35-0 Friday night in Decorah.

The Vikes, ranked No. 2 by the Cedar Rapids Gazette and No. 5 by the Des Mones Register, allowed just seven total first downs, four offensive yards in the first quarter and 41 total yards in the first half.

The win is the 17th in a row for Decorah, the second longest winning streak in the state, behind only Iowa City Regina.



Choke hold

The Viking defense put on a show Friday night. It held Independence to four possessions in the first quarter, all resulting in a three and out. In total, Independence picked up just four rushing yards on seven attempts and went 0-5 passing.

Meanwhile, the Viking offense was on point. On its first possession, started at the Independence 22 after Jake Hovden returned a punt 30 yards, the Vikes needed just three plays to get into the end zone, on a Holt Johansen 1-yard run. With the Andy Sikkink kick, it was 7-0.

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