By Steve Robinson | October 6, 2018 - 10:57 pm
Posted in Category: NCHS, The Normalite

NORMAL – Although Danville played a tough defensive scheme against Normal Community High, holding the Ironmen to just a single score in the first quarter, the Vikings could not keep that defensive pace going for a full contest while the home crowd at Ironmen Field relished their team’s defense keeping the visiting team scoreless for three quarters. That plot line resulted in NCHS defeating Danville , 36-8 in front of a homecoming crowd of nearly 2,500 fans Friday night.

Having the ball first from the opening kickoff of the Big 12 Conference contest, NCHS (6-1 Big 12, 6-0 overall) junior running back Jake Hileman ran for a 2 yard touchdown, topping a 9 play, 75 yard drive, giving the Ironmen a touchdown. But a bad snap from center forced junior backup quarterback Aidan Oliver, who served as holder for the extra point to improvise and run in for a 2-point conversion, giving NCHS an 8-0 lead at 8:37 in the quarter.

Danville (3-4 overall, 2-4 Big 12) saw their opening drive come to an end after five plays on an interception by Ironmen junior defensive back Michael Showers which put the ball at Normal ’s own 41 yard line. Nine plays later, senior quarterback Daylen Boddie ran in for a 4 yard touchdown with 1:47 left in the quarter followed by senior kicker Camron Hinman’s extra point, advancing NCHS’ lead going into the second quarter, 15-0.

An NCHS fumble recovered by Danville senior defensive end Cauis Coon put the ball in the Vikings’ hands at their own 47 yard line, and four plays later, senior running back Josiah Payne rambled in for a what would be his team’s only score on the night followed by a two-point conversion pass from junior quarterback Delrey Crowder to sophomore Devaughn Bright cut NCHS’ lead, 15-8.

On the ensuing possession, senior quarterback Daylen Boddie would score from 5 yards out to top an 8 play, 72 yard drive, followed by Hinman’s extra point to push NCHS further in front, 22-8 at the half.

Danville received the ball to start the third quarter, but NCHS defenders stopped them at the Vikings’ 35 forcing a punt. Five plays later, Hinman showed off his running skills scoring from 2 yards out, increasing the score, 29-8, after his next extra point. The drive was enhanced by a 73 yard dash from senior tight end Max Lowery who breezed by defenders as he got into Vikings territory.

Danville punted to end their next possession, giving NCHS the ball at Danville ’s 45. From Boddie connected with Lowery scored the last touchdown of the night, followed by Hinman’s kick for the final score.

NCHS head coach Jason Drengwitz said Danville ’s physical defense contributed to his team’s not being able to score more once the game began. He said Danville played a tighter game which “took away our running game a little bit.” He said penalties and turnovers were the reason for his team not appearing to have their normal flow during the game.

“They made us earn the win because they’re sound, they’re disciplined, they’re well coached,” Drengwitz added.

“We were able to play right with them in the first half,” Danville head coach Marcus Forrest said, but he quickly added, “If you don’t match their intensity and the aggression that they play with, then you’re going to have some problems. When we came out in the second half, we didn’t match them in those areas.”

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