Matthew VanTryon | BUTLER UNIVERSITY
Ben Davis enters its regional title matchup with Warren Central on a four-game winning streak. However, a high-powered Ben Davis offense will face a staunch Warriors defense.
If defense wins championships…
If defense wins championships, the Warriors will have the edge in this contest. Warren Central is ranked No. 2 in the latest Sagarin ratings, thanks in large part to a defense that has allowed only 136 points this season, good for 12 points per game.
By comparison, Ben Davis has allowed 268 points.
The defense has shut out North Central and Lawrence Central in its last two contests.
A large part of the defense’s success is due to a potent defensive line. The Warriors are average two sacks per game.
Senior Jaylon Berry leads the way with six sacks on the year. He also has rushed the quarterback seven times.
Not so fast
Ben Davis quarterback Kyle Castner would like a word with the skeptics.
Castner has rewritten the program record books this season in a Giant way.
The numbers are eye-popping. 2818 passing yards. 24 TDs. 256 yards per game. All this season.
Need more be said?
Castner is taking it all in stride.
“It’s a blessing to be here, third year starting,” Castner said. “To be up with those guys is unbelievable. I couldn’t be happier with guys around me and my coaches.”
And, oh yeah, Ben Davis has a running back…or two.
Senior Dorian Tate has rushed for 1185 yards this season with 18 touchdowns.
Junior Chris Evans has rushed for 68 yards with 12 scores.
Tate has been offered by Indiana State.
Who wins out?
This will likely be a game to remember. It has all the makings of a wire-to-wire contest. If the Warriors can find a way to get to Castner, they might have the edge. If Castner utilizes his receivers and mixes in the running game, Warren Central might be headed home.