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August 27, 2013

Giants open with win over Irish

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Early in the fourth quarter, Cathedral got a big play from Tom Sieber who intercepted a pass attempt on a reverse and took it back 37 yards to tie it at 20-20.

After solid play from both defenses, Ben Davis took advantage of good field position late in the fourth quarter to score the winning touchdown on a run from Evans with about 50 seconds to go.

The Giants seemed to make a conscious effort to ride the sophomore to victory and gave him the ball on the last four plays offensive plays.

Kirchsner said Evans — who finished with 157 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns — grew up right in front of his eyes Friday night.

“He opens up the game with a 70 yard touchdown pass and (we) finished with basically his drive at the end where we’re just running inside zones,” he said. “He didn’t have a choice but to grow up, you learn by fire.”

Castner — who finshed with 275 passing on 15-25, with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions and was named MVP — said Evans is a great weapon to have.

“It’s unbelievable to see him out there,” he said. “He’s only a sophomore and he’s looking to be a go-to guy right now. He’s really proven himself and I really love the kid out there.”

Castner said despite some mistakes, he felt his team put together a good game.

“I have a great group of guys around me. We worked really hard and our coaches prepared us a lot this week,” he said. “I really love what we did out there. I know we got down a lot, but we kept our heads up and we fought back and I thought we did a really nice job.”

Kirschner said playing in an atmosphere like the Horseshoe Classic is a great experience.

“It’s a great way to open up high school football,” he said. “You’re the opening kickoff, 6 p.m. game, you’re on TV, and you got the great crowd — it’s what high school football is about.”

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