MATTHEW VANTRYON | BUTLER UNIVERSITY
Ben Davis achieved a milestone it had not accomplished in some time with its 40-36 win over Warren Central Friday night—it claimed it’s first regional title since 2008.
The opponent Friday night will look similar to the contest in 2008, when they line up against Center Grove. However, the Giants are hoping for a different outcome this time around.
The Trojans beat Ben Davis 49-21 in their semi-state meeting six years ago.
But that was then, and this is now. The Giants blanked Center Grove 28-0 in the team’s regular season meeting in mid-September, but the teams have split the six games since the title game in 2008.
The bottom is line is this: expect another nail-biter if you are a Giants fan.
The Trojans are winners of eight straight after dropping two of three games to start the season, and they have outscored their opponents 392-124 over that span.
To say they are hot is an understatement.
Nevertheless, the Giants will be riding high after their thrilling win Friday night. Frankly, the Giants were one Warren Central penalty away from seeing their season come to an end. As it is, they live to see another day.
Warren Central, meanwhile, will not return to the turf until next season.
The Warriors finished their 2014 campaign 9-3.
Warren Central opened its season with seven straight wins before dropping its first contest of the season to Carmel. A second straight loss came the following week to St. Xavier.
The Warriors won the first two games of the state tournament by a combined score of 59-0 before their season-ending loss.
Leading the way for the team on offense was senior quarterback Jordan Leach. Leach finished the season with 869 yards passing and six touchdowns through the air.
Leach also rushed for 10 touchdowns.
Tirone Young added nine scores on the ground.
The team’s defense that allowed only 176 points was lead by a pair of seniors.
Mykelti Williams led the team with 51 tackles and five interceptions. Antonio Williams chipped in 50 tackles and two fumble recoveries.
The Warriors will have plenty of holes to fill, with 45 seniors graduating. However, with a pair of state titles in the last four years, the foundation has been set for a successful future.