Vikings deliver in clutch
DANVILLE – Clowzell Adams wasn't the first choice, but the Danville sophomore was the best choice.
When Vikings quarterback Kendall Carter needed a two-point conversion to complete the third lead change in the final 6 minutes, 44 seconds of Friday's Big 12 game at Whitesell Field, he found his primary targets covered.
He looked to the opposite side of the field – for Adams coming out of the backfield – and tossed him the ball.
Adams scored what proved to be the decisive points in Danville's 35-34 come-from-behind victory against Decatur MacArthur before a homecoming crowd of 3,200.
"They covered up pretty good," Danville coach B.J. Luke said. "It was good of Kendall to look back door."
As the team broke its huddle, Adams reminded Carter not to forget about him.
"I told him to look for me," Adams said. "That play had been there the whole game."
Carter, who rushed for a game-high 176 yards and passed for 171, rallied Danville twice in the fourth period.
After the Generals went ahead 26-20, Carter directed a seven-play drive capped by a 3-yard run by reserve Rob Colunga, a preseason transfer from Hoopeston Area who dove the final yard. Janelle Hensold's third conversion kick put the Vikings in front 27-26 with 6:44 left.
When the Generals went ahead 34-27 with 2:25 to go, Carter wasn't ready to give in.
"All we had to do was keep our composure and keep focused," he said. "All game, it was pretty easy to move the ball."
Daveon Allen's 23-yard kickoff return left the Vikings 58 yards from the clinching TD. Pass plays of 30 and 21 yards to Mikel Brigham – the latter for a touchdown – accounted for a majority of the yards.
As Hensold ran on the field for a possible tying extra point, Luke called timeout and instead summoned his offensive unit.
"It was one of those gut feelings," he said. "I thought we had them on their heels. I didn't want to tie it and give them a chance to regroup in overtime."
Carter gave the credit for the winning conversion to Adams.
"It was a bad pass, but he's a great athlete and made one of the biggest plays in the game," said Carter, who ran for one TD and passed for two.
"The huge crowd was unbelievable," Luke said. "When we came out for the second half, I made them look around to see everybody in Danville who cares about what we're doing."