Indiana showdown: #24 Ben Davis vs. Warren Central

by Jeff Fisher

Ben Davis GiantsBen Davis and Warren Central aren’t strangers when it comes to big football games.  Friday night’s game can only be classified as a big game with both teams bringing 4-0 records into the contest, plus Ben Davis is currently ranked #24 in High School Football America’s Top 25 and Warren Central knocking on the door of the national rankings.

Warren Central, which won last year’s 6A title, has won eight Indiana state championships, including four straight between 2003 and 2006.  Ben Davis has won seven state football titles with the lWarren Central Warriorsast coming in 2002.

Ben Davis, Warren Central and Carmel sit atop the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference standings coming into Friday’s game with 3-0 league marks. And, while the winner of Ben Davis/Warren Central will have a leg-up on the other as it relates to the league title, both still have match-ups against Carmel in October.  Carmel is currently ranked as the #1 team in the state in the latest Associated Press 6A high school football poll.

Ben Davis’ offense has been flying high, averaging 45.5 points per game. Senior quarterback Kyle Castner has already thrown for 1,351 yards and 12 touchdowns, while completing 68 percent of his passes.  He’s topped the 300-yard mark in all four games this year.

Castner’s talent on the field is matched by his toughness to play the game. Castner has been playing football at a high level since he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was seven.

WC is led by a rock solid defense that has allowed 10.2 points per game

Warren Central has won four of the last six match-ups between the two. WC won last year’s game 24-7.

The  Warriors have won eight Indiana state championships, including four straight between 2003 and 2006.  Ben Davis has won seven state football titles with the last coming in 2002.

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.