It had been 12 seasons since the Danville Vikings beat the Bloomington Purple Raiders.

Following Friday’s 34-27 double overtime victory against the Purple Raiders, the Vikings did something else they have done in more than a decade.

Danville (1-0) moved in the Association Press Class 6A rankings on Tuesday, assuming the No. 9 spot.

“It’s nice to see the people in the state are recognizing us as a team that has made a lot of improvement,’’ Danville coach B.J. Luke said. “The thing that we have do now as a team, our kids have to learn to deal with success and not forget the type of work and things that gotten them to this point.

“I think our kids understand and I think they will handle it pretty well.’’

The Vikings moved into the polls thanks in large part to overcoming a 20-point deficit against the Purple Raiders, who were ranked 10th in the preseason poll.

Danville, which has made the playoffs the past two seasons and finished each year at 5-5, is talking about winning the Big 12 Championship this season.

“That’s the nice thing about this team, they take the field expecting to win and they have a lot of confidence in their ability,’’ Luke said.

Joining the Vikings in the Class 6A rankings are the two-time defending conference champion Normal Community Ironmen at No. 4.

Luke said Danville only needs to look at teams like Bloomington and Normal Community for it’s next step and learning how to deal with the added pressure.

“Sure, we are going to have people coming after us more because of it,’’ Luke said. “But the Bloomingtons and the Normals, just deal with and they take the field to do their business each and every week. That’s what we will need to do.’’

Luke admitted the ranking is an honor for the Danville community and he is happy that the Vikings are at home this Friday to build on that momentum.

Danville hosts Mattoon in a 7 p.m. contest on Friday night at Ned Whitesell Field.

The Green Wave won last year’s contest in Mattoon, 27-6.

Salt Fork and Westville remained in the state rankings this week.

The Storm are No. 5 in Class 1A, while the Tigers are No. 4 in the Class 2A.

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