Danville senior defensive back Chris Collier said the Vikings finally started playing the shutdown defense that they have been practicing for weeks.
“We came out in the second half and played like the team that we knew we could be this year,’’ he said. “We had a good week of practice and everyone did their job tonight.’’
But what about the first half?
“We were playing tentative and kind of laid back,’’ Collier admitted. “We were trying not to make a mistake.
“In the second half, we came out aggressive and ready to play.’’
And that aggressive approach carried over the Danville offense.
The Vikings scored on all three of their possessions in the third quarter.
Collier, who finished with 191 receiving yards on 12 catches, had touchdown receptions of 11 and 45 yards in the quarter, while his new running mate, senior Denzel Smith, had a 41-yard scoring strike in between.
“I love that Denzel is back,’’ said Collier, noting that Smith missed the opener against Bloomington. “When he was gone, it was just me and it’s easy for a team to lock on just one person.
“Now, they have to deal with myself and Denzel along with Trent (Sherfield) in the backfield.’’
The trio of Collier, Smith and Sherfield combined for all 417 yards of total offense by the Vikings on Friday night.
“We took what they gave us,’’ Luke said. “We tried to run the ball and run some clock. We got them to sit on the corner, and we were able to get past them with some big pass plays.’’
But considering that Collier and Sherfield have combined for 611 of Danville’s 630 yards of total offense in the first two games, how did those two combined for 191 passing yards on 12 receptions and three touchdowns?
“They are pretty good players, No. 1,’’ Luke said. “And even though they are a good pitch-and-catch duo, Trent’s ability to run the ball will keep people in an honest defense.