Danville wins at the buzzer
Stewart rushes for 225 yards in road win for Central
BLOOMINGTON – MykeTez Forman's field goal on the final play of the game lifted Danville's Vikings to a 30-28 upset over sixth-ranked Class 6A Bloomington on Friday in a Big 12 Conference football opener.
Forman's shot came after teammate Malcolm Anderson was roughed up on the first try for a winning field goal and was unable to stay in the game. Forman's three-pointer came from 27 yards as the clock expired.
The Vikings had taken over on their own 14-yard line with less than 90 seconds to play and marched downfield. A 40-yard run by Mario Crosby and a reception by Keaton Britt were key plays in the drive.
"That's a big win. They are a good football team, and we played very well against them," Danville coach B.J. Luke said. "They punched us in mouth in the beginning (taking a 7-0 lead), and we came back. We feel real good to do that against a team their caliber."
Danville led 27-14 at halftime, scoring the final points on a kickoff return by Edward Clark after the Purple Raiders had closed within six points.
Normal C. 42, Urbana 21. The host Tigers lost their top two players, receiver Kyle Clevenger and quarterback Trey Russell, but hung in against one of the Big 12's best teams.
"I was as proud of any team as I've ever been," Urbana first-year coach Nathan Watson said. "Obviously we were the underdog, but we were in the game. There were five or six fumbles that could have gone either way."
Clevenger returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score before leaving with dehydration and concussion symptoms. Russell exited just before halftime with a high ankle sprain.
Backup quarterback Cameron Mammen threw an 88-yard touchdown pass to Devin Butler and also ran 55 yards for a score.
Nicholas Hoffman had nine tackles for the Tigers.
Champaign Central 28, Normal West 23. Denzel Stewart ran for 225 yards and three touchdowns to lead Champaign Central to a victory at Normal West.