Scouting this week’s football semistate


Class 6A

Ben Davis (7-5) at Center Grove (12-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. tonight

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Recent history: The Trojans pulled away for a 45-21 victory on Sept. 10 and defeated the Giants in last year’s semistate, 48-13.

Sagarin ratings: Ben Davis 91.13 (10th in Indiana, seventh in Class 6A), Center Grove 110.55 (first overall and in 6A)

Players to watch: Ben Davis — QB J’uan Swanson, WR Donell Mason, WR Marques Reese, LB Keoke Toomer, DB Dillon Moore; Center Grove — QB Tayven Jackson, RB Daniel Weems, WR Harrison Stomps, DL Caden Curry, DL James Schott

What to look for: A very ready Center Grove team. Not only are the Trojans coming off of a closer-than-expected 29-19 regional win at Lawrence North, but they’re also up against a familiar foe that has always played them tough; even during Center Grove’s dominant two-year run, the Giants have put up a tougher fight than any other 6A opponent, giving the Trojans a game for at least a half. Ben Davis, fresh off a convincing win over a Brownsburg team it lost to in the season opener, will assuredly be ready for another war, but in the end, expect Eric Moore’s club to again have too much talent to overcome and book a third straight trip to Lucas Oil Stadium.