Ben Davis shakes off recent playoff struggles against Pike
INDIANAPOLIS – In all likelyhood, there would be little topping the drama of the last time these two teams took the field in September.
There were 96 combined points scored on Friday night-then the lightning came. That meant the final minute was played at 10 AM Saturday morning and the team that came into the finish of the game with the lead didn’t finish with it.
“You think you’ve seen everything,” said Ben Davis head coach Mike Kirschner when asked about his team’s 53-50 two-day victory over Pike on September 5th and 6th. But his Giants would see the Red Devils again-and believe it or not redemption was actually on the side of Kirschner’s team.
In three of the last four years Ben Davis’ season was ended early by Pike in the Sectional round-the last two of those coming after the Giants won the regular season match-up between the teams.
Once again the offenses dominated the show but recent history was put to a stop by the Giants-who outlasted Pike 49-38 in the Sectional 5 first round game on the west side Friday night. With the victory Ben Davis moves onto the Sectional Final where they will face Avon on the road next Friday night.
Pike seemed poised to keep the recent playoff trend going in the third quarter when quarterback Jordan Marshall hit Johnny Williams for a touchdown to put the Red Devils up 31-20.
But Dorian Tate helped to bring the Giants back with three consecutive touchdown runs to push Ben Davis into the lead at 41-31.
The Red Devils would counter with an Aaron Jones touchdown to cut the lead to eight but then it was the Giants' defense that rose to the occasion. Deep in Pike territory, Jailyn Harden stepped in front of a rushed Marshall pass and took it the short distance for the touchdown to put the game away and reverse a little bit of recent playoff history.