There are nights when things just don’t go as your way.
The Ben Davis Giants fell prey to a combination of their own mistakes, missed opportunities, and a more physical Center Grove Trojan football team last Friday night. That combo added up to the Class 5A No. 2-ranked Giants absorbing their first loss of the year in a 17-14 defeat to the visiting Trojans, spoiling senior night at Ben Davis.
The No. 5-ranked Trojans accomplished what other Ben Davis opponents had failed to do: effectively run the football against the stingy Giants defense. Center Grove piled up 238 rushing yards for the game and 378 offensive yards. The Trojans’ Alex Lucas had 139 yards on 21 carries.
Center Grove punished the Ben Davis defense in the second half for 167 rushing yards, keeping the smaller Giants defense on the field much longer than any other opposing team had done.
Ben Davis coach Mike Kirscher immediately pointed at the Trojans’ running game when looking at what caused the Giants’ downfall.
“The game changed because we really didn’t stop them from running the ball,” Kirschner said. “But, top to bottom, we were off. It was not our night at all.”
The Trojans’ rushing game weighed heavily against the Giants in the second half, helping tilt the end result to Center Grove after what had been a very tight contest, tied at 7-7 at halftime.
The Giants broke that tie when they capitalized on Center Grove quarterback Luke Calvert’s fumble on the Trojans’ opening drive of the second half. Ben Davis went up 14-7 when Malcolm Fogle took a pitch from quarterback Kyle Castner and cut back through a hole for a 10-yard touchdown run.
However, Fogle was injured on the play and that took away the starch from the BD offense. Fogle’s injury also signaled the Trojans taking control of the rest of the evening.