Mr. Elusive Friday night was Viking running back Holt Johansen. The junior had 168 yards and two touchdowns. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
The Class 3A No. 1 Decorah football team (12-0) has punched a ticket to the semifinals after defeating Central Clinton De Witt (8-4) 21-14 Friday in the quarterfinals, thanks to a recovered onside kick late in the fourth.
Decorah next faces Williamsburg (11-1) in the semifinals Thursday, Nov. 8, at the UNI-Dome. The game will kick off at 8:21 p.m.
Williamsburg advanced by defeating Winterset 31-13.
Decorah fans who didn't stay for the whole game missed a lot of drama in the final two minutes. Decorah held a 14-0 lead at the half. A third touchdown was added in the fourth quarter.
Central Clinton responded on the next drive, making it 21-7. The Sabers looked to be driving again when Josh Ihde stepped in front of the pass and made the interception.
However, the Sabers didn't give up. Getting the ball with two minutes left, they marched down the field, scoring a touchdown with 22 seconds remaining.
Then came the drama. The first onside kick try was marred by an offsides penalty by the Sabers. As was the second. On the third try, James Ostlie recovered the kick, sending Decorah into the semifinals for the second time in two years.
Pick up Tuesday's Decorah Public Opinion for more stats, history on Williamsburg and lots of photos.
Tickets for Decorah's semifinal game will go on sale next week at the high school. They may be purchased Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Thursday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. All tickets are $8.