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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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“It was frustrating walking off the field at halftime, but it was also our motivation in the second half,’’ Rose said. “There was no way that we were going to let them get anything in the second half. We knew we had to shut them down.’’

MacArthur managed just 39 yards of offense against Danville in the second half and the Generals managed just two first downs in the fourth quarter against the Vikings defense.

“We’ve been getting better every week,’’ Rose said. “We had a really good week of practice and that finally showed up in the second half.’’

Collier, who is the starting safety for the Vikings, gave credit to the Danville linebackers, Trey Reed and Hoey Watson.

“We’ve been pushing those guys hard all week and they played their best game of the year,’’ Collier said. “They made sure that the MacArthur backs weren’t able to get outside and they did the job of getting those guys to the ground.’’

Devan Ingram and Jaquay Owens came into Friday’s game averaging 154 yards a game on the ground, that duo did pick up 140 but 56 of those yards came on one play in the first half. The Generals had just 23 yards rushing in the second half.

The Generals actually didn’t have a huge offensive game against the Vikings. They had just 159 yards of offense in the first half, but their five touchdowns were the result of three kickoff returns for 198 yards and a second-quarter fumble by Sherfield that gave MacArthur the ball on the Danville 3.

“Our kids on our special teams weren’t doing their job,’’ said Luke as MacArthur had kickoff returns of 43, 67 and 88 yards. The latter went for a touchdown. “I think some of the kids are not taking it seriously and thankfully, it didn’t cost us a game.’’

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