Ganging up for the tackle on the Wahlert player Friday night are Decorah’s Keenan Tyler (15); Jackson Rolfs (32), Nick Einck (22) and another unidentified Viking. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Ganging up for the tackle on the Wahlert player Friday night are Decorah’s Keenan Tyler (15); Jackson Rolfs (32), Nick Einck (22) and another unidentified Viking. (Photo by Becky Walz)

Although the Decorah football team (6-2) fell short of its postseason goals, the Viking players and coaches will always remember the 2020 season district title they earned during a pandemic.

“Players needed to do almost of the training on their own before the season. It took time, discipline and a little luck to avoid exposure to the virus,” said Coach Pat Trewin of the off-season preparations his players completed.

Following a bye week in the unconventional 2020 playoffs, the Vikes hosted Dubuque Wahlert (6-2) Friday night, falling 10-0.


Little scoring

The end zone was a rarity for both squads throughout Friday’s contest with the only touchdown coming in the fourth quarter.

Decorah had several chances to put the pigskin over the goal line, coming up short each time including a first quarter stop ,of Cael Luzum by the Golden Eagles at their own one-yard line. Wahlert managed to escape the Viking defense near the goal line and move the pigskin down the field to put up a 29-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead for the visitors in the second period.

A Wahlert 56-yard pass with 2:50 remaining would give the Golden Eagles a 10-0 lead and eventual win to advance in the postseason.


Stats

“We are proud of our team’s effort all year long. Our defense and special teams played well, but we could not get things going on offense. We knew Wahlert had a very strong defense coming into the game and felt we had a good plan to attack them. Their physicality, aggressiveness and speed on defense stifled us,” said Coach Trewin. “However, on our defense, our linebackers Cael Luzum, Keenan Tyler and Jackson Rolfs played very well at linebacker and that kept them from moving the ball and scoring.”

Briggs Duwe completed 8-for-18 passes for 114 yards with Joseph Bockman as his main target for three receptions for 86 yards. Collecting one pass a piece were Keenan Tyler, Nick Einck, Kody Bodensteiner, Brody Young and Kyle Renken. Carrying the pigskin, Duwe picked up 37 yards in his 10 carries, while Cael Luzum rushed eight time for 34 yards.

On point defensively for the Vikes was Tyler with 11 solo and three assisted tackles. Luzum was there for nine solo stops and three assists, including a pair of solo tackles for loss.


Final thoughts

“We are very proud of our seniors. We had at least four players who could not play last year and a couple of them that could not play for the last two years. They still went out for football and played very well. The seniors provided great leadership and played with tremendous heart. We wish them well as they go onto their next activities. If they can do the same thing in those activities, they will be successful and fun to watch,” noted Coach Trewin. “Our student body and school as a whole is working very hard to keep students safe while trying to give them the best experiences possible. We all need to continue in our efforts so the winter and spring activities can have this much fun and success.”

Graduating after this season are Cael Luzum, Briggs Duwe, Baylor Bohr, Nick Einck, Kody Bodensteiner, Jackson Rolfs, Drew Snyder, Charlie Robinson, Dawson Headington, Steven Sexton, Nate Rolfs, Ethan Frana, Sawyer Bulman, Dakota Swatek, Noah Breitenbach-Dirks, Mason O’Hara, James Alberts, Edwin Holyoake and Kyle Renken.