Kroner's football tour: Danville

Kroner's football tour: Danville

DANVILLE — Athletes abound on the Danville football team.

The roster includes All-Area basketball first-teamer Denzel Smith. There’s JaVeonte Crider, a wrestling state qualifier last winter as a freshman. There’s also Michael Vascura, who earned all-conference honors in baseball. There’s Gracson Torres, a kicker on the Danville soccer team. And track and field athletes such as Chris Collier, Tim Pittman and Darrien Rose.

Oh, yes, there are standout football players, too. Collier (receiver) and Trent Sherfield were each All-Area first-teamers as juniors.

“We’re pretty salty in the skill spots,” Danville coach B.J. Luke said. “We can be pretty dangerous offensively.”

Vanderbilt recruit Sherfield both rushed and passed for at least 1,000 yards as a junior, accumulating 2,627 yards of offense.

Besides Collier, Crider and Smith, others who could handle the ball include Tavion Boyd, Kendrick Buckley, Jeffrey Dye, Marquis Minor and Deonta Turner.

The offensive line will average about 263 pounds and features three returning starters: Rose, Pittman and Vascura. Rose and Pittman are guards. Vascura is shifting from center to tackle, where he will join either Andrew Custer-McBride or Kendrick Davis. Curtis Cline is the center.

“Our biggest thing is we’re paper thin (in depth),” Luke said. “We have to stay healthy. Our kids will scrap and play. We hope to be dangerous by the end of the year.”

The Vikings open at preseason Big 12 favorite Bloomington and travel in Week 2 to face perennial power St. Rita. The first home game is Week 3 against Centennial.

“If I could arrange my own schedule, it would be different,” Luke said. “That’s not an easy start.”

Danville has a varsity team of 44 players as well as a freshman class with 45 prospects.

“They’ve grown up seeing the success, and they’re excited about it,” Luke said. “That (freshman) class is very talented, and the (current) eighth-grade class is supposed to be just as talented.”

Fred Kroner


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