“I was really proud of the way our kids came back after falling behind,’’ Luke said. “That’s a top-10 rated team over there and we played them tooth-and-nail on their home field.’’
And while Collier was pleased with how the seventh-rated Vikings (0-1) came back, he said that he expected more from himself and his team.
“We’ve got to practice harder,’’ he said. “This is not acceptable. I feel like I let my team down.’’
When asked how he did that, Collier said, “I need to go harder and make my teammates better.’’
Ultimately, it was poor tackling and three costly possessions to start the second half that doomed Danville.
Sherfield was intercepted twice during that stretch, both of those turnovers led directly to Bloomington touchdowns and in between those was a 2-yard punt by Sherfield that also turned into a Purple Raiders score.
“I don’t know what happened in third quarter,’’ Collier said. “We were moving the ball so well in the first half, I think we just thought it was going to keep happening that way.’’
The 20 unanswered points for the Purple Raiders turned the Vikings 36-19 halftime advantage into a 39-36 deficit with six minutes left in the contest.
“We’re a thin football team, we’re doing everything we can to correct that but there isn’t any other answers,’’ Luke said. “We’re just going to have to play ourselves into football shape.’’
After falling behind, Danville found another gear. The Vikings came back with a 19-yard touchdown run by Sherfield, and that score was set up by a 57-yard completion to Collier. The senior quarterback had four rushing touchdowns in the game.
“When we needed a big offensive play, it seemed like Trent and Chris came up with one for us,’’ Luke said.