The Decorah football team completed the undefeated season Thursday with a 49-21 victory over Sioux City Bishop Heelan. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
United they stood Thursday night at the UNI-Dome as the No. 1-ranked Decorah football team capped an undefeated season, defeating Sioux City Bishop Heelan (12-2) 49-21 to win the Class 3A state title.
It's the fifth title in school history (1974, '87, '88, '89) and the first of the Bill Post era.
Decorah came out ready to fight Thursday, with Brett Johnson intercepting Heelan on the first play of the game. From there, Holt Johansen finished the drive, plunging into the end zone to give Decorah a 7-0 lead just over 90 seconds into the game.
Decorah added two more touchdowns in the first half to go up 21-0.
But Heelan wouldn't roll over easily. The Crusaders put up a score midway through the second, then another before halftime.
All it seemed to do was make Decorah angry as the Vikes came out of the locker room on fire. They took the opening drive and let Josey Jewell take over, going 53 yards for the score to make it a two-touchdown game. Jewell made it hurt on defense on the next drive, intercepting the Heelan pass and setting Decorah up at the six.
From there, it was all celebration time.
For more details, comments and photos, pick up Tuesday's Decorah Public Opinion.