DECATUR — Danville senior Chris Collier isn’t the biggest player on the field, but on Friday night, he had the biggest smile.
The 5-foot-7, 165-pounder played wide receiver, safety and corner back, but his biggest contribution came at the quarterback position in the final 33 minutes of the Vikings come-from-behind 34-31 victory over the Decatur MacArthur Generals at Matheson Field.
“There are not words to describe what ‘Butter’ means to this team,’’ Danville junior lineman Darrien Rose said. “He did everything tonight for this team. In the second half, he just put this team on his back and carried us.’’
Danville coach B.J. Luke had the exact words to describe Collier.
“He’s little,’’ said the coach putting his arm around his senior. “But, he’s got a huge heart. He can play anywhere. He does anything that we ask him to do on the football field.’’
Collier, whose nickname is Butter, had to step in the quarterback position as Danville senior Trent Sherfield suffered an ankle injury with just three minutes left in the first half.
“We’re a team, and when Trent went down, I knew it was my responsibility to step up in the quarterback position,’’ said Collier who finished with 225 yards of offense and he scored four touchdowns. “The biggest thing was to stay calm. I had to be a team leader and get my guys all going in the same direction.’’
When Danville lost Sherfield, the Vikings not only lost their field general but the senior had accounted for more than 1,400 yards this season and 21 touchdowns. Even in Friday’s game, he had 187 yards of total offense, including touchdown passes of 53 and 45 yards to Collier.
“Losing Trent was a big deal, but it wasn’t the end for our team,’’ Danville senior lineman Mike Vascura said. “We just go to the next guy and that guy was Butter.’’