Friday, October 2, 2009

Big 12 Update: BHS Wins, Danville Remains Undefeated

In this week's Big 12 showcase game, the Danville Vikings topped Decatur MacArthur 21-0. Tonight was certainly Danville's strongest game. MacArthur was also undefeated going into Danville, but the Generals did not put up much of a fight, scoring nothing at all. Danville still has to travel to Champaign Central and Normal Community in the next two weeks. However, they should go into Champaign with a lot of confidence after tonight's victory. Bloomington High School also rolled on to another easy win. The Champaign Centennial Chargers did not bring much of a game to the cold, wet Fred Carlton Field. Following the Raiders 33-13 victory, Centennial's special teams coach told me in frustration, "It is pretty sad when the coaches want it more than the kids. These kids don't get excited for anything." After teaching for a brief time at Centennial, I know the seniors don't get very excited for government class, but I would hope for football against a traditional Big 12 powerhouse. Apparently, the Chargers, who typically have winning seasons, have run dry. Bloomington still has a lot left in their battery, though. For the third straight week, most of the Raiders' starters sat out the final quarter. I do not expect that to happen again, though, next week at intercity rival Normal West. The Wildcats have beat BHS once before, and the young Raiders would be wise not to forget that detrimental Homecoming loss of 2006. The Normal Community Ironmen improved their record to 5-1 with a victory over Eisenhower. NCHS is the only other Big 12 school ranked in the top 10 in the state. Champaign Central's score is yet to come in, but the Marroons were hosting the Green Wave. Therefore, the Free Keon staff will assume Central earned it's fourth win tonight.

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