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Operation Football: Ben Davis tops Warren Central, 31-28

Ben Davis held off Warren Central 31-28 Friday night on Operation Football.

INDIANAPOLIS — Ben Davis held off crosstown rival Warren Central 31-28 Friday night on Operation Football.

The Warriors wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Cyron Williams returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Warren Central lead. 

The Giants, who dropped to No. 3 in Class 6A after a loss to IMG Academy last week, got right back in the game with a 15-yard touchdown run by Alijah Price. 

Minutes later, the Warriors got back on the board with a Jaylan McMoore touchdown run from five yards out, but a missed extra point left their lead at 13-7.

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Price scored his second touchdown of the quarter and the PAT gave Ben Davis its first lead of the game.

It didn't last long, however.

La'Dre Harris returned a Giants punt 60 yards for a touchdown to give the Warriors a 20-14 lead after one.

Midway through the second quarter, Nate Williams intercepted a Warren Central pass and took it 30 yards to the endzone to retake the lead. Then, with less than a minute left in the half, the Giants struck again, with Price scoring for the third time on an 18-yard reception and a 28-20 lead headed to halftime.

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After a scoreless third quarter, James Clark scored on a 2-yard run for the Warriors and Marcus Bell Jr. ran in for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 28.

Ben Rudolph kicked a 30-yard field goal to give Ben Davis a 31-28 lead, which held up as the final score when Warren Central missed a game-tying field goal attempt from 29 yards out in the closing seconds. 

Ben Davis is at Lawrence North next Friday, while Warren Central hosts Pike.

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