Brett Johnson helped set the Vikes up with good field position after solid punt returns. (Photo by Rick Fromm)
Stifling defense, mixed with some powerful offensive moves, were all the ingredients the Class 3A No. 1 Decorah football team (10-0) needed Wednesday night in the Class 3A first round of the playoffs against Maquoketa.
The Vikings took it to the Cardinals (5-5) in the lightning-shortened game, winning 35-0.
With the win, Decorah now faces Solon (8-2) in the second round Monday, Oct. 29, at home. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
Solon defeated Crestwood 24-7 in its first round match-up.
Wednesday the Vikes came out a bit slow, having to punt on their first possession. However, the defense was strong, holding Maquoketa on its first two drives. The first quarter ended with the Vikes on a roll. After a Brett Johnson 22-yard punt return, the Vikes moved all the way to the Maquoketa 8. On the third play of the quarter, Josey Jewell went into the end zone from 1 yard out to make it 7-0.
A fumble recovery by Andy Hovden set the Vikes up at the Maquoketa 18. On the second play of the drive, Jewell went 18 yards for the score.
The third Decorah score of the game came off a Tyler Hovey interception. On the next play, quarterback Jacob Kvale found Michael Peter open for the 48-yard score.
In the third quarter, Kvale again found Peter open for the TD. The final score came on a Holt Johansen 44-yard rush.
The game was suspended with 9:29 to go in the fourth quarter due to lightning. After an hour delay, the game was called.
Solon finished second in District 6 with a 5-1 overall record. Solon has scored 331 points this season (33.1 a game).
During the regular season the Spartans gathered 1,946 rushing yards and 1,228 through the air for 3,174 total. Solon quarterback Rory Siddell has completed 71.4 percent of his passes for 1,193 yards. Leading rusher is Siddell with 726 yards, a 6.2 yards per carry average. Jordan Wymer is second on the team with 288 yards per carry.
The defense is led by Tim Lance with 58 tackles and Wymer with 56.