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October 18, 2013

Vikings try to regroup

NORMAL — The Danville Vikings needed a little time to regroup after last week’s 39-14 loss to Champaign Central.

The Maroons simply ran over the Vikings, rolling up more than 400 yards of offense on the ground.

“It’s always difficult after a tough loss like that,’’ Danville coach B.J. Luke said. “You spend a few days licking your wounds and feeling sorry for yourself.

“But our kids responded well after that, and I was pleased with the effort of the kids that we have out here.’’

And responding is going to be the key. Danville will hit the road tonight to play another physical football team in the Class 6A fourth-rated Normal Community Ironmen.

“This team is just as physical of a football team and they have the ability to throw the football a little,’’ said Luke as Normal Community has rushed for more than 1,300 yards this year and thrown for more than 600. “They pose some problems for us. We are going to have play hard, much harder than we did a week ago.’’

And the Danville defense sees this as an opportunity for redemption.

“This is a chance to recover from what happened last week and prove ourselves once again,’’ Danville junior defensive end Tyvon Cooper said. “We have to play physical, play hard and play as a team.’’

Senior Trent Sherfield, who expects to be back on both sides of the football this week after recovering from a minor ankle injury, knows exactly what the Ironmen (6-1 overall, 6-0 in the Big 12) are going to do tonight.

“Any team would try to exploit our run defense after seeing that film,’’ he said. “We were horrible last week. We have prepared for them trying to ram it down our throats.

“We have to come out and play physical. We prepared hard all this week, the main thing was playing physical and playing hard for all 48 minutes.’’

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