Senior Drew Schwartz was everywhere Thursday in the semifinals, scoring a touchdown, making an interception and swarming the Williamsburg ball carriers. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
The Decorah football team is just one victory away from hoisting the Class 3A state championship trophy after the Vikes (13-0) defeated Williamsburg (11-2) 48-7 Thursday night at the UNI-Dome in the semifinals.
Decorah will battle Sioux City Heelan (12-1) in the finals Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:06 p.m. in the UNI-Dome. Heelan easily defeated previously-unbeaten Grinnell 42-14 in the other semifinal match.
This will be the second time in two years and third in the last five years the Vikes have advanced to the finals. They will be looking to give Head Coach Bill Post his first championship.
In the semifinal Thursday, the Vikes scored first on a Josh Lee 31-yard field goal in the first quarter. To start the second, Decorah scored its first touchdown of the game on a Holt Johansen 1-yard run. Another Lee field goal, this time of 37 yards made it 13-0. The Vikes added two more scores (a Drew Schwartz 34-yard run and a 10-yard run by Jacob Kvale) before the half to put the game away.
For more details, stats, information on Heelan and photos, pick up Tuesday's Decorah Public Opinion. Photos will also be posted to the Decorah Newspapers Sports Section Facebook page.