Six days after a record-setting scoring fest, the Center Grove football team faces one of the state’s stingiest defenses.
Last Saturday’s 77-0 destruction of winless Lawrence North was the widest victory margin in coach Eric Moore’s 14 seasons with the Trojans.
Tonight, the Class 5A No. 6 Center Grove squad finds itself sharing a field with second-ranked Ben Davis.
Off to its first 6-0 start since 2001’s undefeated Class 5A state championship, the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference rival Giants field one of Indiana’s premier defensive units, if not the best.
After defeating Class 4A No. 6 Cathedral 24-21 in the season-opener, this purple nightmare has yielded a total of 29 points during its past five outings.
“I’m pretty sure Ben Davis is the best defense in the conference,” Moore said. “They are fast, and they are physical. Antonio Allen might be one of the best high school football players I’ve seen since I’ve been here.”
Allen, a safety, is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound house of pain. The undisputed leader of the Giants’ “D,” this four-star recruit already has orally committed to Indiana University.
Allen played a key role in last season’s 42-14 Giants victory at Center Grove, a game in which Ben Davis led 21-0 through one period and coasted home. The win convincingly snapped the Trojans’ five-game winning streak in the series.