AVON — Setting 20 pancakes in front of most people would likely be daunting. However, this was a challenge that was accepted by several Ben Davis football players at the IHOP location here Saturday night.
“The idea is an off-season, fun project,” Douglas Hunter, owner of the 317 Live social media company, said. “It is a moral, team-building kind of thing. We invited some seniors and we worked with IHOP here and even IHOP corporate chipped in. My son is on the team and this is a good group of kids and scholars.”
In addition, some of the players took the competition so serious that they didn’t eat in over a day preparing for the challenge, Hunter said.
With the work that the players put in, three players not only broke the location record of 19, but they also broke the national record of 21.
“We look to do things to get together and when IHOP was doing the ‘pancake love’ all you can eat deal, I thought that this was something that these guys could definitely get that record,” Hunter said. “We’ll probably be doing a lot of massaging of the shoulders and the stomachs and everything.”
Top pancake eaters for Ben Davis were Josh Brown with 22, Damrious Lewis with 21, and Chris Brown with 20.
Hunter said the team has grown up together and played football with each other for years.
“(Events like this is) why when you come out and see Ben Davis, they work so well on the field together,” Hunter said. “They really know what each other is doing and if somebody misses something, someone else is there to pick it up. This is a very unique group of kids.”
In addition, Ben Davis coach Mike Kirschner was on hand to witness the festivities. Kirschner said team building during the offseason helps tremendously during the grind of the season.