The Decorah freshman football team (0-1) started the season Friday with a 22-8 loss to Waukon.

“We did more things well than we did not, but Waukon certainly made more good plays than we did,” said freshman coach Scott Pierce.

Holding the Indians scoreless in the first quarter, the Vikes allowed two touchdowns in the second to trail 16-0 at halftime. The Red and Blue defense regained its strength in the third quarter to keep Waukon off the board before giving up a fourth-quarter TD. The Vikings managed to score once in the final frame on a Brady Stille 11-yard run. Converting on the two-point conversion on a rush was Jaden Baker.

The Vikes had 226 all-purpose yards, with 177 on offense.

Quarterback Brady Stille was 4-for-14 passes with 25 yards and had nine carries for 39 yards. He connected with Ethan Holthaus four times.Ben Wymer carried the ball 12 times for 55 yards, while Jaden Baker picked up 30 yards in five carries. Erik Hjelle also ran the pigskin four times for 28 yards.

On defense, Wymer had 10 solo tackles, two assists and one sack. Baker had seven solo tackles. Hjelle provided four solo stops. Picking up two solo tackles and two assists apiece were Jackson Knoke, Sean Murphy and Will Einck. Murphy also had a fumble recovery.

The Vikes are at Cedar Rapids Xavier tonight (Thursday, Sept. 5) at 6 p.m.