Did anybody notice that four of the 10 schools in the Big 12 Conference were in the football state rankings this week?
There's likely to be one less next week following Centennial's 41-34 loss at Danville.
The Chargers were without All-State tailback Mikel Leshoure, who was rested to prevent a minor hamstring injury from becoming a major one or one that hampers the senior the remainder of the season.
"We didn't want him at 80 percent, we wanted him at 100 percent," said Centennial coach Mike McDonnell, who expects Leshoure to be back on the field in next Friday's home against against top-ranked and undefeated Normal Community.
Playing without Leshoure, the coach said, "changes a lot of things." However, there's one area where it wouldn't have made much difference. The Vikings still put up 41 points on the Chargers' defense, which doesn't typically include Leshoure.
Danville's big-play ability was instrumental in its win. Kendall Carter broke loose for runs of 41, 31 and 21 yards. Mario Crosby had a 48-yard scoring jaunt and three other gains for at least 10 yards.
Quarterback Carter hooked up with four different receivers, including a 66-yard scoring strike to Cameron Stringfellow-Ford and a 37-yard completion to Derrick Cunningham. Cunningham also hauled in a 50-yard pass from halfback Crosby.
On kickoff returns, Clowzell Adams had a 42-yard run and Daveon Allen had a 38-yard gain.
When kick returns were added to the Vikings' passing and rushing totals, the team amassed 556 all-purpose yards.
Here's the scary part. The Vikings should be better in 2008 and, possibly, even better than that in 2009. The current sophomore group was 9-0 as freshmen and unbeaten so far this fall. This year's freshmen are 4-0 with wins over both Bloomington and Centennial.