This will be the 24th meeting between Independence and Decorah with the first meeting occurring on October 27th, 1933. Since that first meeting, Independence is 1-10-0 against the Vikings at home, 0-11-0 at Decorah, and 0-1-0 at neutral sites. Overall, the Vikings lead the series 22-1-0. The last meeting occurred at the end of last season in the 1st Round of the IHSAA playoffs where the Vikings won 14-0.
Justin Putz is in his 3rd season as head coach of the Independence Mustangs and 4th overall. Currently, his record at Independence is 9-11-0. His overall coaching record is 14-16-0 in four seasons with three playoff appearances.
Bill Post has been the head coach of the Decorah Vikings for 22 years, with a 179-34 record at Decorah with 12 playoff appearances, four finals appearances, and one state title.