And the most disappointing absence might have been a senior receiver, who quit the team this week, but not according to players.
"The guys in this lockerroom are not going to quit, no matter what happens,'' Danville senior lineman Mike Vascura said. "We had a really good week of practice and we came into playing to win.
"We made some mistakes and with them being a really good team, they capitalized on them.''
The miscues for Danville started on the first play from scrimmage.
Sherfield, who had only one positive rushing play in 11 attempts, fumbled at the Danville 22 and Normal Community's Jeremiah Franklin was there to recover it.
Four plays later, Ironmen sophomore running back Alec Bozarth scored the first of his five touchdowns in the contest with a 4-yard blast through the Danville defense giving Normal Community a 7-0 lead just 1 minute, 17 seconds into the contest.
Bozarth finished with 191 rushing yards on 15 carries to go along with 38 yards receiving and he was 1-of-2 passing for 3 yards. Normal Community finished with 384 yards of total offense in the game played with a running clock over the final 17 minutes.
"The end results don't show it, but I thought our kids played much harder this week,'' Luke said. "We're going to go back to work and see if we can continue to get better as a football team. That's what you are supposed to do.''
Danville did have some offensive success in the first half as Sherfield was 10-of-19 for 90 yards and senior wide receiver Chris Collier had 265 all-purpose yards, catching a 24-yard touchdown pass and throwing a 34-yard scoring strike to Tavion Boyd, that pulled the Vikings within 26-13 with 6:18 left until halftime.
But in between the two Danville first-half touchdowns was an interception by Normal Community's D.J. Frank. The Ironmen needed just three plays to cover 38 yards as Kyle Lantman's 13-yard touchdown reception on a Colin Olson pass gave them a 20-6 lead.