DANVILLE — A year ago, Tim Pittman realized his dream of being a varsity football player.
The senior lineman started in all nine games for the Danville Vikings, both offensively and defensively at the end of the season and he finished seventh on the team in tackles with 44.
But, his biggest highlight came in a week three victory over Champaign Centennial, 32-23, as Pittman sealed the win with an interception and 15-yard return for his only touchdown.
“We’ve been on him all week that we need another interception for a touchdown,’’ Danville coach B.J. Luke said.
And, the team made sure to watch that highlight again this week as the Vikings prepare to face the Centennial Chargers in their home opener tonight at Ned Whitesell Field.
“Yeah, that was a pretty big memory,’’ Pittman said. “I’m so hyped up for this game, it’s crazy. My confidence is big because I know what to expect this year.’’
Admittedly, the first two games (losses to Bloomington and St. Rita) haven’t been very good games for his team or himself. Pittman has just four tackles and he knows he needs to be a bigger factor in the Vikings defense.
“Those first two games weren’t the best, but we are ready to go on a streak,’’ Pittman said.
Playing on the football team has been one of the biggest accomplishments for the 5-foot-7, 252-pound senior.
“My whole high school career has been about football,’’ he said. “There have never been in days off from football for me — whether it’s been lifting weights, practicing, playing in the game or running track. Everything I have done has been geared toward football.’’
According to Luke, that makes Pittman one of those program kids that develop every season.
“Those are the guys that play on your freshman and sophomore teams in their early years,’’ he said. “They work real hard and get a little better to where they make the varsity team. Timmy is one of those guys.