Giants claim ninth football state title

Record setting day ends with 63-14 win over Penn

Staff report

Ben Davis set 18 state records before halftime during Saturday’s Class 6A state championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

By the time the Giants walked off the field with a 63-14 win over Penn, the record books were completely rewritten

“We score right away and the big thing was getting those two recoveries on kickoffs,” coach Mike Kirschner said. “After that we were off to the races.”

The Giants dressed 53 seniors for the state game and completed a perfect 14-0 season that many observers feel ranks among the best in state history.

“I can’t argue who is best in state history,” Kirschner said. “I’ve coached against some of the best the state has seen and this team is just as good as any of them.”

The challenge next year will be to replace those players.

“You don’t reload from a team with this kind of talent,” Kirschner said.  “Next year we’ll just be a big circle on somebody elses calendar.”

Ben Davis rewrote the 6A finals record book on Saturday. A look:

Team records

Most points: 63

Most combined points: 77

Most points in quarter: 28 (first quarter)

Most points in half: 49 (first half)

Margin of victory: 49

Most PAT kicks: 7

Most passes completed: 20

Most passing yards: 365

Most passing TDs: 6

Offensive yards: 564

Combined offensive yards: 768

Fewest offensive plays allowed: 47

Fewest first downs allowed: 11

Most first downs by passing: 12

Highest punting average: 45.5

Individual records

Most PAT kicks: 6 by Isaac Torres

Longest touchdown run: 76 by Reese Taylor

Most passing yards: 340 by Taylor

Most passing touchdowns: 6 by Taylor

Longest pass completion: 64 by Taylor to Jermaine Hoskins

Most receiving yards: 109 by Broc Thompson

Most touchdown receptions: 3 by Thompson

Highest punting average: 45.5 by Tyrese Nibbs

Longest punt return: 18 by Kesean Tunstill

Longest play from scrimmage: 76 run by Taylor