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October 19, 2013

Vikings show resiliency

Normal Community clinches a share of the Big 12 title

NORMAL — "Adversity does not build character, it reveals it."

Is a famous quotation attributed to American novelist James Lane Allen.

Coming off a disappointing loss to Champaign Central a week ago, the character of the Danville Vikings was reveal.

Playing with a limited roster because of an injury, a player quitting the team and two starters not making the trip after missing a Monday morning practice, Danville put forth its best effort against the fourth-rated in Class 6A Normal Community Ironmen.

In the end, Danville coach B.J. Luke had plenty of praise for his team's effort but Normal Community was too much to overcome as the Ironmen claimed at least a share of the Big 12 Conference title with a 60-20 victory over the Vikings at Normal Community High School.

"The kids that we brought over here gave us everything they had and that's all I can ask,'' Luke said. "We made some mistakes, but those things are going to happen when you have some kids that just got their starting jobs two days ago.''

The Vikings, who fall to 3-5 on the season, had eight players going both ways on Friday night with three guys going just offense and three more just going defense. In all, Danville had less than 30 kids dressed on its sideline, while Normal Community had no players going both ways and the Ironmen had close to 60 players on their sideline.

"It's frustrating, but you have to do things the right way,'' Danville senior quarterback Trent Sherfield said. "Coach Luke has always had a policy that if you miss a practice, you don't play. It's a shame that a couple of guys weren't able to make practice this week, but even if we just had 11 players, we were still going to give it all we got. That's the Danville way.''

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