Center Grove accomplished Friday night what many figured was impossible, shooing aside an air of invincibility that had begun to consume much of the city’s westside.
Beating Class 5A No. 2 and previously unbeaten Ben Davis 17-14 on the Giants’ very own artificial surface sent a bold-faced, all-caps message to the rest of Class 5A: The Trojans might be ranked sixth in the polls, but there might not be a better team.
“Basically, it’s all about our attitude,” said junior quarterback Luke Calvert, who did his share in the win by completing 8 of 13 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown. “When we come out here and beat Ben Davis, we showed the state that if we play like this, we deserve to be respected in all aspects of the game.”
Performing with a level of physicality that has coach Eric Moore smiling afterward, the Trojans’ wing-T offense generated 391 yards of offense against a Ben Davis defense regarded as one of the state’s finest. Not to be outdone, Center Grove’s swarming defense played moths-to-light nearly every time a Giants player put his hands on the pigskin.