By Matthew VanTryon / Sept. 27
Kyle Castner secured his place among Ben Davis football legends on Friday night as the Giants crushed Lawrence North 56-6 to celebrate Homecoming.
With 295 yards passing against the Wildcats, Castner now has a school-record 5,307 career yards and is 218 yards away from the season passing record of 2,052 yards set by Matt Brock in 2011.
“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.”
Castner surpassed Brock in 18 fewer games — Brock finished his career with 44 games played. Castner has played 26.
Castner ran an offensive clinic in the first half. The Giants scored touchdowns on each of their six possessions.
Dorian Tate began the scoring with a 24-yard touchdown run on the first play from the line of scrimmage. Castner found Chris Evans on a 75-yard strike on the opening play of the next drive.
Tate found the end zone again on the ground before the quarter came to a close.
Ben Davis coach Mike Kirschner praised Castner’s leadership and his team’s efficiency
“He came out and took control early, he made some nice plays, and receivers did a nice job of catching the ball,” he said.
The Giants continued to roll in the second quarter.
Evans found the end zone on two consecutive plays for the Giants midway through the second quarter. He wrapped up a nine-play drive with a 9-yard touchdown run, and began the next drive with a 43-yard dash.
Ben Davis went into the half with a commanding 42-0 lead.
Castner finished the half 10 of 14 with 214 passing yards.
Ben Davis picked up the second half where it left off. Stori Emerson scored on a 29-yard pass reception to start the quarter, and added a 19-yard reception a drive later.
Ben Davis used the remainder of the game to get a look at a fresh group of players. Kirschner was pleased with what he saw.
“It’s what you hope for a few times a season, to get your young guys varsity experience on a Friday night,” he said. “Those same guys have got to be your varsity players next year on a Friday night. You get a game or two like this during the season, it only helps you down the road.”
Lawrence North got on the board with a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Giants travel to Carmel next Friday night. The Greyhounds are undefeated and sit atop the 6A rankings with the Giants.
Castner said beating Carmel starts Saturday at practice.
“We’ve got to have a great week of practice,” he said. “We’ve got to come out strong like we did today, we’ve got to play fast. We can’t stoop down to their level.”