DANVILLE — Two teams were scheduled to play a Big 12 Conference football game on Friday night at Ned Whitesell Field, but only one of the team showed up.
Champaign Central’s Toby Rivera ran over and past the Danville defense, racking up 308 rushing yards and five touchdowns in the Maroons 39-14 win over the Vikings.
“We just weren’t ready to play,’’ said Danville coach B.J. Luke, whose team had won seven straight against Central. “You have to give a lot of credit to Champaign Central, they came out ready to play, got after us from the get-go. We didn’t respond really well.
“In football, you get what you deserve. And they gave us a whooping tonight.’’
And even the Danville players admitted that Central was the better team on Friday night.
“It was a breakdown from the start to the finish,’’ said Danville senior Chris Coller. “We came out playing like we had already won the game. You can tell that they wanted to win and they got it. They deserved it with how we played.
“ We played like a bunch of punks, to be truthful.’’
Central (3-4 overall, 2-4 in the Big 12) had seven possessions in Friday’s game and the only thing that stopped the Maroons was the clock. After scoring the first six times it had the ball, Central failed to scored on its last possession only because the game clock hit 0:00.
“We tried, we put effort, we just couldn’t complete it,’’ said Danville junior middle linebacker Hoey Watson. “People not paying attention, not ready to go.
“It’s not the fact of how good he was, we weren’t doing what we were capable of doing.’’
Rivera continually exploited a Danville run defense that had allowed just 366 yards in its three previous games. On Friday night, Central ran for 404 yards on 51 carries. The Maroons were average 168 rushing yards per game for the season.