Kirschner nears milestone win

A win over his alma mater moves BD coach into second place on school win list


Mike Kirschner doesn’t pay much attention to milestones. His mind is clearly focused on his next opponent, his next play.

Nevertheless, the Ben Davis football coach could tie Bob Wilbur for second on the career win list with a win at his alma mater Warren Central this Friday.

“It means I have been fortunate to have great players and great coaches who are committed to the program year round,” Kirschner said of his win total.

Kirschner is 58-25 since taking over the Ben Davis program in 2007. However, he is just 2-6 against his alma mater during that time space, but that doesn’t particularly motivate him.

“The older I get the more I realize that it is just the next game and that the process is about our team and not who we are playing,” he said.

Very few have seen the BD-Warren rivalry from both sides of the ball. Kirschner remembers the rivalry from his playing days. He is a 1979 graduate of Warren Central.

“Even back in the late 70s when BD had Tim Wilbur, Geno Howard, Kevin Britt, tc. — they were good and so were we,” Kirshcner said. “We lost my junior year to BD 28-27 and that was the first time BD went to the final four and then we won my senior year 24-7.

Kirschner doesn’t plan to look back much this week. His Gians are 4-0 and ranked either No. 1 or 2 in the state and 13th nationally. They are led by senior quarterback Kyle Castner, who has surpassed 300 yards each of the first four games this year and is on pace to become BD’s all-time career passing leader in the next three weeks.

“Kyle plays at a very high level and demands excellence from himself,” Kirschner said. “He is committed every day in practice to being the best he can be. He is also the first one to recognize the talent he has around him and is thankful for all they do.”

The Giants are coming off a 28-0 win over Center Grove while Warren Central is 4-0 and ranked No. 3 in the state.