DANVILLE — Chris Collier spent nearly his entire weekend, thinking about and reliving the 60-yard touchdown pass in the final 30 seconds of last week’s 55-50 loss to Bloomington.
He still cannot understand how he didn’t tackle Kendrick Cooley on the 15-yard line as he got both of his arms around the running back’s shoulders.
“It wasn’t easy to get past that. I beat myself up the whole weekend about it,’’ said Collier, not even thinking about the other four big scoring plays for the Purple Raiders. “I finally did realize that it wasn’t just one play that lost that game.
“Now, it’s a lesson learned for me, because I’m not basing my whole season on that one play.’’
Especially, considering the four-year varsity player for the Vikings was actually on the field for 128 plays at a hot and humid Fred Carlton Field in Bloomington.
“I just do whatever my team needs me to do,’’ said Collier, who played seven different positions. “It’s not like I’m ever going to tell coach that I don’t want to do something — that’s not the type of person that I am.’’
There are only two things that Danville coach B.J. Luke didn’t ask Collier to do last week. First, he didn’t drive the bus and he didn’t kick or punt the ball.
“I think he could even kick it, if we needed him do it,’’ said Luke, as Collier does have 1 punt for 30 yards in his Danville career. “He is just a tough football player. The neatest thing about him, is that he likes playing and he enjoys the game. He always gives you great effort.’’
Collier said the only position he hasn’t played during his career is the defensive line, as the senior is the long snapper for the Vikings punting unit.