The Decorah freshman football team (0-2) was shut out by Cedar Rapids Xavier Thursday night on the road, 35-0.

“We got off to a slow start but did manage a strong goal line stand at the end of the first quarter to prevent seven points, but more importantly, we stopped them from a touchdown and getting to kick-off with the win at their back again,” said Coach Scott Pierce. “Our field position improved after this stretch, but we were already in the hole.”

Xavier put up 14 points in each of the first two quarters to lead 28-0 at halftime. The young Vikings allowed just one more score in the third and shut down any scoring threats in the final frame.

Brady Stille was 2-for-7 in passing for eight yards and carried the pigskin nine times for 16 yards. Stille’s two targets were Erik Hjelle and Jaden Baker. Also moving the ball on the ground was Ben Wymer with 10 carries for 24 yards.

On defense, Stille made four solo and four assisted stops. Baker provided three solo and two assisted tackles. Dalton Zidlicky was in for three solo and five assisted stops in addition to providing seven punts for 167 yards.

The Vikings face Western Dubuque Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. on the road.