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PREVIEW: Ben Davis vs. Warren Central (IN)

September 9, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Two of the top-ranked teams in Indiana will square off on Friday at 7 p.m. (EST) when the Warren Central Warriors meet the Ben Davis Giants at Ben Davis High School. Over 9,000 fans are expected for a game that’s part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

Warren Central and Ben Davis are both ranked in the top 5 in the state and both are off to good starts with both opening the season 2-1.

Despite losing last season’s matchup (6-3), the Warriors have won 13 of the last 15 meetings since 2002. They hold a 25-18 all-time series lead.

Warren Central went 5-6 last season for its first losing season since 1999. Gone from coach Jayson West’s team are its top-3 backs, but returning is senior quarterback Jeff George and senior back Darius Lee, who has an offer from Ohio.

The Warriors are off to a much better start than last season, as they are 2-1 with wins over Indianapolis Cathedral (42-28) and Lawrence North (54-14) after opening the season with a loss.

Ben Davis, which finished 8-2 last season, returns 16 starters including junior quarterback Kyle Castner, who is a two-year starter. Coach Mike Kirschner’s team is off to an impressive start, opening 2-1 with its wins coming against Indianapolis Cathedral (26-20) and North Central (28-14).

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What is the Great American Rivalry Series?


Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.