The Ben Davis Giants started their season off the right way with a 26-20 win over the class 5A No. 1 Cathedral Fighting Irish Friday night in the Horseshoe Classic at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Things looked good early for the Giants, holding the Cathedral offense to a three-and-out on the opening drive.
The offense started just as hot, as junior quarterback Kyle Castner hit sophomore running back Chris Evans for a 70 yard touchdown on Ben Davis’ first offense play of the season.
Evans’ success would be a recurring theme throughout the game.
Ben Davis head coach Mike Kirschner said Evans has even better football in front of him.
“He’s a real talented young man,” Kirschner said. “He’s just a sophomore. He’s got a long way to go mentally and understanding the nuisances of the game and (things like) lining up. He’ll get it with time, because like I said, he’s just a sophomore — he’s 15. He’s going to be pretty special before he’s done.”
Following the big play from Ben Davis, Cathedral answered with a 13 play, nearly seven minute drive that culminated on a 2 yard quarterback sneak from Collin Barthel. However, Ben Davis blocked the extra point try to make the score 7-6.
Late in the first quarter, Ben Davis responded with another touchdown strike from Castner, this time to senior Sean Boswell for a 19 yard score. After missing the extra point, Ben Davis led 13-6.
Both offenses stalled on the next two possessions, until Cathedral put together a seven play 80 yard drive, which ended with another short touchdown from Barthel who tied the game at 13.
Ben Davis regained the lead with about 8 minutes to go in the third quarter, as Evans continued his solid play taking a short screen pass from Castner 20 yards for the score.