By Darin Svenson, correspondent
Holt Johansen rushed for 126 yards and scored two touchdowns as defending state champion Decorah downed Marion, 34-7, in a prep football game last night in Decorah.
The Vikings (2-0) rushed for 245 yards, getting 59 from Mikhail Suvorov. Suvorov and Jake Hovden also scored rushing TDs for the Vikings and Dustin Cary scored on a 91-yard fumble return.
“Marion players told us shaking hands they’ve never seen a team hit this hard,” Decorah Coach Bill Post said. “That’s been a trait of Decorah football over the years and that physicality has been key in the first two wins.”
The Indians actually outgained Decorah, 298-273.
“We really weren’t sharp in practice all week and it carried over into the game,” Marion Coach Tony Perkins said. “But we saw some things in the second half to build on.
“The lesson from tonight is we have to play with gusto from the opening kick. But you get better playing a team and program like Decorah. They played well and deserve a ton of credit.”
John Carstensen led Marion with 100 yards on 15 rushes. The Indians’ lone TD came on a Trevor Hardman to Quinn Canoy 32-yard pass.