The Decorah defense had its hands full Friday night. Pictured trying to take down Derrick Kuehner were Collin Nimrod (No. 10), Garrett Wise (No. 42) and Tim Winter (No. 50). Also pictured are Aaron Syverson (No. 87) and Jake Hovden (No. 33)
The Decorah defense had its hands full Friday night. Pictured trying to take down Derrick Kuehner were Collin Nimrod (No. 10), Garrett Wise (No. 42) and Tim Winter (No. 50). Also pictured are Aaron Syverson (No. 87) and Jake Hovden (No. 33)
Fans of pound and ground football were sure to be thoroughly entertained Friday night as the Class 2A No. 2 North Fayette Valley TigerHawks hosted the then-ranked Class 3A No. 6 Decorah Vikings in the opening game of the season.
However, Viking enthusiasts, and those who dislike rain delays, went home unhappy as the Vikings fell to the TigerHawks 14-0.
It was the Vikings first regular season loss since Sept. 30, 2011, against West Delaware (38-21 on the road), and the first time Decorah has been held scoreless since Sept. 14, 2007, against Waukon (14-0).
However, in the last 10 seasons (2005-2014), Decorah has gone 5-5 in the opening salvo, with losses in 2006, ’07, ’10, ’11 and ’14.
“We talked to the guys Friday night. They’re all disappointed and frustrated, but we have to realize it’s the first ball game. It’s not only the first game of the year, but it’s the first game for these guys in their varsity career. They got their eyes opened immensely on how it has to happen,” said Coach Bill Post. “We went against a very fine football team. We learned a lot about ourselves and usually there’s a lot of good improvement from week one to week two, so hopefully we get ourselves back on track.
“We did a lot of good things. You have to remember, it’s only one game. It’s not a district game so it has no bearing on state playoffs scenarios.”

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