DECATUR — A win, that’s all the Danville Vikings needed from Friday’s Big 12 contest against Decatur Eisenhower Panthers.
Danville got that and a lot more with a 47-0 win over Eisenhower.
“It was a very good win for this team,’’ Danville coach B.J. Luke said. “We had some guys step up.’’
Luke also pointed out that the Vikings were able to get every player that dressed into the contest against the Panthers, but more important the team recorded their first shutout since a 45-0 win over Eisenhower on Sept. 30, 2011.
“We were talking all week about how we wanted to keep them out of the end zone,’’ said Danville junior linebacker Tavion Boyd, who had an interception in the game and scored his first varsity touchdown with a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. “Getting a win was a big deal, but finishing the job on defense is a big confidence builder for this team.’’
Boyd admitted this was a completely different defense than the one that gave up 55 points in the season-opening loss to Bloomington (55-50).
“We’ve learned from those mistakes that we made in that game,’’ Boyd said. “We’ve continued to get better in every game since then and tonight shows just how far that we’ve come as a unit.’’
Eisenhower, which fell to 1-4 overall and 1-4 in the Big 12, managed just 151 yards of total offense and the Panthers best scoring opportunity came in the second quarter, but the Vikings turned them away when sophomore linebacker Latrey Reed recovered a fumble on a fourth down-and-goal play at the Danville 6.
“Our guys have been gaining confidence each week on defense and they have been tackling better,’’ Luke said. “We made some plays and kept them out the end zone.’’
In addition to turning away the Panthers midway through the second quarter, the Vikings also got a big defensive stop right before halftime.