“We want to play hard as a defensive unit and make their quarterback work for everything he gets.’’
Lee is Fitzgerald’s top target, hauling in 17 passes for 155 yards and one touchdown.
Luke admits this isn’t the typical Centennial team that people have grown accustomed to seeing from former Schlarman standout Mike McDonnell.
“We haven’t seen them in the I-formation, running power and the counter plays,’’ Luke said. “Now, they are in the shotgun and looking like a lot of other teams in the league.’’
And this is the third straight game that Danville has faced a potential collegiate-level quarterback. Bloomington’s Jake Romani passed for 300 yards in the season-opener and last week, St. Rita’s Tommy Mister, who has already committed to Iowa State, ran for 126 yards and passed for 69 in the Mustangs victory.
“It seems like our league (Big 12) is pretty quarterback rich this season,’’ Luke said. “We are going to have to defend the whole field and do a great job of keeping him in the pocket and getting pressure.’’
Sherfield, who is another collegiate-level prospect, committing to Vanderbilt to play defensive back, said the Danville secondary has been working extra hard to make improvements from that season opener.
“That was the first game four our secondary and we have learned a lot already from those mistakes we made against Bloomington,’’ he said. “We got better last week against St. Rita and we hope that we keep getting better this week.’’
Sherfield and Fitzgerald have crossed paths on the recruiting trail.
“Jimmy is a real good guy,’’ Sherfield said. “I got to talk with him quite a bit during my visit to Illinois in the spring. He is a really good football player and we will have to keep him contained.’’