Giants earn share of MIC title

Next up is Avon in sectional action

Coach Mike Kirschner had a stern message for his football Giants late Friday night.

“We beat Carmel last year to end the season and then got it handed to us at Pike in the first sectional game,” Kirschner reminded his team after Friday’s thrilling 28-24 win over Carmel. “We have to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

The win Friday came after Ben Davis spotted Carmel a 24-0 first half lead. The Giants then scored 28 unanswered points to earn a share of the MIC football title with Center Grove. It is the second straight year the Giants have won the MIC championship, last year winning it outright.

Sophomore Chris Evans scored the final three touchdowns of the game, including a one-yard run to seal the win (see video at right).

The Giants now prepare for their Class 6A sectional opener Friday at home against Avon.

“We’ll look at the film and fix what went wrong in the first half,” Kirschner said. “We have to stay focused as a football team.”

The win was the fifth straight for the Giants, who finished the regular season 7-2 and ranked No. 2 in the state. It was the second comeback win of the season. Ben Davis fell behind 22-7 to Pike before rallying for a 49-48 overtime win that started the current five-game win streak.

Note: Members of Purple Rain sing the school fight song in the audio clip.