The Ben Davis Giants rolled past the Lawrence North Wildcats 65-0 to set up a battle against Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference foe Carmel for at least a share of the conference championship Friday at Ben Davis.
It was no walk in the park as the Giants started off slow. Three times the Wildcats caught a break on fourth down, thanks to three consecutive BD penalties on fourth-down punt situations for Lawrence North.
“I thought we did some good things, but we were pretty lethargic coming off the Center Grove game,” Ben David coach Mike Kirschner said. “We weren’t at the same level as we were in the Center Grove game but sometimes that happens when you play Warren Central, Pike, Lawrence Central and Center Grove. But we can’t be that way this Friday.”
Ben Davis would rather it be a lot like the rest of their first half performance against the Wildcats, scoring on its first four possessions and adding a safety to lead 30-0 at halftime over winless Lawrence North.
Giants quarterback Kyle Castner only played the first half going 10 of 12 for 165 yards and three touchdowns. Ben Davis’ defense played very well, holding the Wildcats to 54 total yards on offense.
“I like what we’re doing on defense,” Kirschner said. “Our first team defense has only given up 13 points the last four games so we’re at the right place at the right time physically and mentally.”
For the second consecutive year, Carmel and Ben Davis will mix it up for for the MIC title.
Last season, the Giants stole one on the road with a 13-6 win over the previously unbeaten Greyhounds. The Giants would like to continue the defensive effort they’ve put forth the past few weeks, but a new look for Greyhounds offense will be challenging.
“Let’s hope it’s not a shootout but it could be because their offense has evolved,” Kirschner said. “They have a two QB rotation. One is a better runner, one a better thrower. That presents a problem for our defense because it’s a different scheme.”
Luckily, the Giants will have their home crowd and, as opposed to last year, experienced starters, when they battle it out with Carmel.
“Win a championship; that’s what we told them (Friday) night,” Kirschner said. “Go win it. Last year we were in the same boat and had so many young kids that were instrumental to our success. It’s a matter of how focused they want to be. We worked all winter, spring and summer to win a championship and they’ll have that opportunity next week.”