Next up: Brownsburg


Brooklynn Sharp, staff writer

The Class of 2022 football Giants is the ninth class in school history that will be playing in three straight regional championship games.

“It is the standard of Ben Davis football to compete for championships in November,” coach Jason Simmons said. “We are working to represent that standard. Our senior class is the ninth class in program history to win three straight sectionals. That is a big accomplishment. I know they are looking to add to their legacy.”

Standing in their way is neighborhood rival Brownsburg, a team the Giants lost to 33-22 in the Auguist opener at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“Brownsburg is a big, physical team that presents a lot of challenges in preparation,” Simmons said. “They do a great job of running their offense with multiple formations and pre-snap movement. Their defense is physical, long, and active. Their special teams are well coached. They are a good football team.”

Ben Davis advanced to the Class 6A regional via a 49-20 win over Tech (see photos) while Brownsburg beat Carmel 31-7 in a game that they jumped ahead 14-0 early and never looked back.

Simmons knows Brownsburg will be a difficult test.

“I remember a lot,” he said about the season opening loss. “We can’t turn the ball over. We need to make sure we have good discipline in alignment defensively. We also need to execute better on offense and in the kicking game.”

The winner of Friday’s game will advance to the Class 6A semistate. Ben Davis has won two straight regionals while this is Brownsburg’s first regional appearance in 12 years.