Rose admits the team is ready to face an actual opponent.
“It feels like it’s a lot closer,’’ he said. “We are just ready to get it started.’’
One of the biggest areas in need of improvement for Vikings, who went 4-5 a year ago, is on the defensive side of the ball. Danville allowed 33.7 points per game a year ago.
“It we can get our defense together, we can be very fine,’’ said Sherfield, a two-year starter at safety.
One bright spot on that side of the ball on Friday night was junior Tyvon Cooper, who made several big plays against both the No. 1 and No. 2 offensive units.
“This his first year at defensive end and I think we’ve found a home for him,’’ Luke said. “I think he is getting a few for that position and he did a really nice job tonight.
“Ultimately, we are hoping to get a few more guys to step on that defensive unit. The bottom line is tackling. We have to be a better tackling football team this year.’’
Danville, which had its string of consecutive playoff berths snapped last year at six, will open the 2013 season at Carleton Field in Bloomington with a 7 p.m. kickoff against the Purple Raiders.
After a road game at Chicago St. Rita, the Vikings will play their first home game on Sept. 13 against the Champaign Centennial Chargers.