Decorah’s Logan Halverson (80) pursues the Waukon ball carrier.  (Photo courtesy of Tami Bohr)
Decorah’s Logan Halverson (80) pursues the Waukon ball carrier. (Photo courtesy of Tami Bohr)

Four first-half touchdowns by No. 1 Waukon (1-0) led to a season opening loss for the Decorah football team (0-1) Friday, 36-7.

The fast Indian offensive and defensive lines dominated the contests, piling up 467 yards of offense and holding the Vikes to just 181.

“Waukon is an excellent team and passed the ball well early on. We did not tackle or block as well as we wanted to, but made progress in those areas throughout the game,” said Coach Pat Trewin. “I was proud of our team in the way we responded to being down. We were able to move the ball by way of the pass with our two quarterbacks. We need to be able to finish drives and get the ball back when the other team has a long third down situation.”


Tale of the game

Decorah was able to hold the Indians to a single tally in the first quarter on a 16-play drive. Waukon tacked on three scores in the second frame.

It was late in the second quarter when the Vikings managed to put together an eight-play drive that covered 65 yards that ended with Andrew Magner plunging one yard over the goal line for a touchdown. Gabriel Austin booted the ball through the uprights to give Decorah a PAT. The following Viking kickoff was muffed by an Indian player and recovered by Lucas Benzing at the Waukon 43. A pass to Galen Iverson brought the pigskin to within field goal range from Austin, which fell short.

A scoreless third kept the score 30-7 in favor of the Indians. Waukon added a late-game touchdown for the final tally of the game.


Statistics

Decorah was limited to 56 yards on the ground and 125 passing. The Indians had the balanced attack with 250 yards rushing and 204 through the air. 

Briggs Duwe completed 6-of-10 passes for 95 yards, while Braden Elton had one 30-yard successful pass. Lucas Benzing, Matthew Franzen and Logan Halverson all had two receptions.

In the ground game, it was Cael Luzum leading the way with 22 yards in nine carries. Seth Shindelar moved the pigskin 16 yards in his five attempts, while Andrew Magner provided a touchdown in one of his six carries.

The defense was led by Galen Iverson. He had seven solo stops and one assist. Franzen and Luzum were there for five solo tackles and three assists. Shindelar had three solo tackles and four assists while Dawson Palmer had three solo, two assists and a fumble recovery.

Magner punted five times for 213 yards.


Looking for the win

“We will continue to work on our execution and physical play. We want to make great progress between games one and two,” concluded Coach Trewin.

Friday, Decorah will host defending Class 3A champion Cedar Rapids Xavier in its home opener at 7:30 p.m.