The Ben Davis Giants football team is up against a brutal schedule this season, but with the experience the Giants return, they should be up to the task.
Returning more players with varsity playing time than normal has Ben Davis coach Mike Kirschner excited about the 2013 campaign.
“Last year, it was really kind of an anomaly for us,” Kirschner said. “We were not senior loaded by any means. We only had two seniors on offense and three or four on defense.”
Where the Giants only had 23 seniors last year, this season they have 53. Kirschner also noted Ben Davis has a very strong junior class.
Returning 17 starters from a team that only lost one regular season game last year leaves the Giants with high aspirations.
“Our expectations are pretty high, as they always are,” Kirschner said. “We never expect anything less than being the best. That’s just kind of the nature of the program.”
Kirschner credits the experience with pushing the practices “farther ahead this year than we ever were last year.”
Ben Davis opens with Cathedral Aug. 23 at Lucas Oil Stadium and that’s just the beginning of the loaded schedule for the Giants.
“It does (prepare us for the postseason),” Kirschner said. “The concern, along with everyone else in our conference, you just worry about getting physically beat up. A big program like ours, you like to think has the depth to carry you through. We already have kids dinged up and not practicing. You just hope to get better and develop the young kids because down the road, you’re going to need them.”
As far as team leaders, Kirschner said everything begins with the signal caller, junior quarterback Kyle Castner.
“On the offensive side, you have to start with (Castner), who started last year as a sophomore and threw for a couple thousand yards,” Kirschner said. “He’s 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. He’s a very talented and intelligent young man. He’s eighth in his class of 1,200.”