Decorah Blasts Bishop Heelan Catholic 49-21 for 3-A Title


November 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Josey Jewell led Decorah’s power running game with 160 yards and three touchdowns and the Vikings beat Bishop Heelan CAtholic 49-21 Thursday night to win the Class 3A state championship. Holt Johansen added two touchdowns for Decorah, while Jacob Kvale scored one and passed for one as the Vikings (14-0) won their first state title since 1989 and their fifth overall. Heelan (12-2), which has won three titles, lost in the championship game for the eighth time.

Decorah contained Heelan’s pass-heavy spread offense for most of the game and intercepted the Crusaders’ Trent Solsma three times, with all three picks setting up touchdowns. Solsma threw two touchdown passes, the second coming after Decorah had built a 49-14 lead. Solsma finished 13 of 29 for 202 yards and was sacked twice.