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October 19, 2013

Vikings show resiliency

Normal Community clinches a share of the Big 12 title

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"We could turn the ball over against the team, and expect to win,'' Sherfield said. "Without our full assortment of offensive weapons, we needed to play mistake-free football.''

Normal Community scored on eight of its first nine possessions and in its last two games, the Danville defense has given up touchdowns on 14 out of 17 possessions.

"They are a very good offensive team, they can run the ball and they can throw the ball effectively,'' Luke said. "It was another tough game for our defense, but we also didn't help them out with a few of our offensive miscues giving them a short field.''

The Vikings wound up with 10 rushing yards on 34 rushing attempts and the biggest struggle in the run game for Danville was Sherfield who had negative-44 yards on 11 carries, included in that was five sacks by the Ironmen defense. The Vanderbilt recruit, who has been battling an ankle injury, said he was limited by a sore hamstring.

"I felt something in pregame warmups and I just couldn't get going,'' Sherfield said. "That definitely didn't help our running game.''

Normal Community coach Wes Temples made a few questionable decisions in the second half of his team's 40-point victory. The Ironmen attempted an onside kick with a 53-13 lead with 5:20 left in the third quarter, and the final touchdown for Normal Community was scored by Bozarth on a 51-yard run.

Danville coach B.J. Luke responded by putting his hands-unit out for the final kickoff by Normal Community, just in case Temples wanted to call another onside kick attempt.

With the loss, the Danville Vikings will miss the IHSA Playoffs for the second consecutive season.

The Vikings will close out the regular season next Friday at Ned Whitesell Field against the Urbana Tigers. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and Danville will honor nine seniors before the contest.

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