The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


October 4, 2013

Vikings look to keep rolling against Generals

DANVILLE — Danville defensive end Tyvon Cooper knows exactly what the Vikings need from tonight's game against the Decatur MacArthur Generals.

"We need this game to get into the playoffs, I know that for a fact,'' said Cooper, as Danville enters tonight's game with a 2-3 overall record and 2-2 mark in the Big 12 Conference.

The Vikings will need to win the final four games to secure a playoff berth, but they will become playoff-eligible with wins in three of their final four games.

"We are trying to get on a roll,'' Danville senior Chris Collier said. "Before, we thought if we lost it wasn't a big deal. But, now, we know another loss would be huge.''

Danville got that roll started in Decatur last week with a 47-0 win over the Eisenhower Panthers. It was the team's first shutout since 2011.

"We had a really good week of practice,'' Danville junior Darrien Rose said. "Getting that shutout gave us some confidence coming into this week.''

Danville coach B.J. Luke says that his defensive unit has been playing well and the Vikings will need to keep doing that against a very tough offensive team in MacArthur that is averaging 34.6 points per game.

"They mirror our offense,'' Luke said. "They run the spread like we do and they have some good athletes. They make you defend the whole field. When one of their guys get their hands on the ball, we have to get them down.

MacArthur quarterback Devan Ingram has rushed for 316 yards and passed for 570 this season.

"He can hurt you with his arm, but he is probably more dangerous with his legs,'' Luke said. "You have to keep him contained and now let him get outside.''

And while Ingram is a threat to run or throw, the Generals added another weapon during the summer.

Former Eisenhower running back Jaquay Owens transferred to MacArthur. The all-Big 12 running back has rushed for 462 yards this season for MacArthur.

"He is shifty and quick,'' Cooper said. "We just have to make sure that we hit him before he explodes out of the backfield.''

But MacArthur isn't the only team in tonight's contest with a two-back attack.

Last week, the Vikings found a new running back in sophomore Kaleb McLain, who rushed for 105 yards on 10 carries against Eisenhower.

"We want to continue to build off last week's game,'' Luke said. "Running the football is big part of our offense. We have the ability to throw it, but we have hung our hats on the ability to run the ball and we got back to doing that last week.''

The Vikings actually had two backs go for more than 100 yards a week ago, a welcomed sight for the offensive linemen.

"It shows that we are doing our job up front,'' said Rose, a guard for the Vikings. "It gave us some pride.

"They have a lot of weapons, but so do we. We just need to do what we know we can do to get our weapons going better than theirs.''

Tonight's game is set to kickoff at 7 p.m. and the game can be heard locally on WDAN-AM 1490.


Text Only
  • SPT- CN0419 - Bis-Henn Baseball photo 1 Taylor slows Blue Devils BISMARCK -- After a perfect game from Ross Learnard on Tuesday, the Salt Fork baseball team received another outstanding pitching performance on Friday from Cole Taylor, who struck out nine and allowed only one hit over five innings as the Storm beat

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - CN0419 - Danville softball photo 1 Danville blasts three homers to beat Westville WESTVILLE -- Danville coach Corey Pullin knew it was just a matter of time until junior Alissa Peelman and sophomore Lindsey Lowenstein started seeing positive results at the plate. On Friday afternoon, the duo of Peelman and Lowenstein gave the Viki

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Danville girls track wins Raider Invitational BLOOMINGTON -- The Danville girls track team picked up four wins as they were able to beat the pack at the Lady Raider Invitational on Friday. Sadie Elliott won the 3,200 in 11 minutes, 51.75 seconds for Danville, while Aariona Graham won the long ju

    April 19, 2014

  • Friday's Local Scores PREP BASEBALL At Bismarck Salt Fork 15, Bismarck-Henning 0 Salt Fork 040 0(11) -- 15 14 0 Bis-Henn 000 0 0 -- 0 1 8 WP -- Cole Taylor. LP -- Dustyn Ingram. Two or more hits -- SF: Ross Learnard 3, Max Stutsman 3, Garrett McFadden, Lane West

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT- Cn0418 - Covington softball photo 2 Trojans cruise to victory COVINGTON, Ind. - The Covington softball team had a big first inning as they scored five runs on their way to defeating Attica 11-1. Attica threatened to score in the first, getting Karrah Pattengale to second, but they were unable to drive her home.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lunger steps up for Buffaloes GEORGETOWN -- In only the second start of his career, Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman pitcher Tyler Lunger pitched a five-hit complete game as the Buffaloes defeated Milford 8-2 on Thursday in Vermilion Valley Conference action. "I feel I threw well

    April 18, 2014

  • SPT - CN0418 - Danville boys tennis photo Maroons blitz young Vikings DANVILLE -- In the process of gaining experience, the Danville boys tennis team has taken a few lumps in the first few weeks of season. On Thursday afternoon, the Champaign Central Maroons delivered a few lessons to the younger Vikings with a 9-0 vic

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Peelman pitches no-hitter as Vikings beat Maroons CHAMPAIGN -- Alissa Peelman pitched a no-hitter as the Danville High School softball team beat Champaign Central 11-0 in five innings on Thursday in Big 12 Conference action. Peelman was also 3-of-4 with three RBIs for the Vikings while Mackenzie Kin

    April 18, 2014

  • Thursday's Local Scores PREP BASEBALL At Georgetown Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 8, Milford 2 Milford 101 000 0 -- 2 5 10 GRFC 200 141 x -- 8 8 3 WP -- Tyler Lunger. LP -- Clayton Rieches. Two or more hits -- GRFC: Dylan Bina, Ethan Silva. 2B

    April 18, 2014

  • SPT - CN0417 - Andy Bott photo Better late than never for Bott BISMARCK -- Marshall golf coach Matt Grobe completely surprised Bismarck-Henning standout Andy Bott with an e-mail earlier this year. Bott, who is a three-time all-stater for the Blue Devils, was preparing to attend Illinois Wesleyan in the fall. "Ou

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

NCAA basketball
NJCAA Tourney Photos 2014

Check out the action at the NJCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Tournament March 18-22 at DACC. Buy photos from the Commercial-News here:

Must Read
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station My name is Cocaine Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery