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October 5, 2013

Vikings Butter up Generals

Danville defense yields just 39 yards in the second half

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With Collier at quarterback, the Vikings put their offensive emphasis on its running game.

“We kept running our offense, but we put this game in the hands of our offensive line guys,’’ Collier said. “Those guys have been getting better and better every week and they just stepped up and won us this game.’’

Danville, which improves to 3-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big 12 Conference with the victory, scored the game-winning touchdown with a 15-play, 81-yard drive that took 7 minutes and 39 seconds.

Collier, who rushed for 71 yards on 20 carries and caught four passes for 122 yards, capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge on fourth down-and-goal with 9:59 left in the fourth quarter. But his biggest play on the game-winning drive was a 32-yard completion to senior Denzel Smith on a third down-and-8 play from the Danville 40 that kept the drive alive.

“We knew that Butter was going to get it done,’’ Vascura said. “We just had to do our job up front to get him a hole and we knew he get us into the end zone.’’

This was the same offensive line that two weeks ago, couldn’t get a first down in the fourth quarter against Normal West.

On Friday night, the Vikings ran the ball 23 times in the second half for 88 yards and Danville had seven first downs in the final 17 minutes.

“I almost forgot how to milk a game,’’ said Luke as the Vikings ran the final 4:18 off the clock with three first downs on their final drive. “Our big boys up front did their jobs tonight and got us this victory.’’

While Collier and the offensive line stepped up their play in the second half, so did the Danville defense.

After allowing 31 points in the first half, MacArthur (4-2, 3-2) was held scoreless in the final 30 minutes.

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