Giants like to get offensive

Balance has been the key during tournament run


Amber Gaddy

Quarterback Kyle Castner looks over the field at the start of the game-winning play against Warren Central last week.

The Ben Davis offense has been having a monumental season.

The Giants are on the cusp of scoring more than 500 points this season (currently, the Giants have 495 points). Senior quarterback Kyle Castner has already set the school record for career passing yards and continues to solidify his name in the record books. But the Giants are more than just a passing team.

The balanced rushing attack between power back Dorian Tate, and speedster Chris Evans keeps opposing defenses on their toes and the threat of the Giants airing it out makes them have to play the pass. It is one or the other and opposing defenses frequently find themselves out of position.

The balance of the offense is why an opposing coach once said “you can’t try to stop them, but only to slow them down”.

“We try to take what the defense gives us,” offensive coordinator Justin Faires said. “We have done a great job of developing the running back and receiver position – that has always been a philosophy of ours. We throw a lot in the winter and we do a lot of running back drills. That way when we get in the season we can take what the defense gives us.”

Evans, a junior, leads the team in all purpose yards with 1,542 total yards (844 rushing, 645 passing). Tate, a senior, leads the team in rushing with 1,227 yards and has developed into a pounding back that likes to run up the middle.

”Dorian does a better job with short yardage — he’s a very fast straight away back, but he’s not as good with the routes and things,” Faires said.

The record setting passing attack may have the most impressive balance of them all with all starting receivers having more than 40 catches. All of the receivers have varying skills and playing styles and each poses as a threat to opposing defenses.

The Giant offense can beat opponents in many ways and they will be tested Friday when Center Grove comes calling for a semistate game. Center Grove’s offense has averaged more than 40 points game since losing to Ben Davis 28-0 on Sept. 12.