The Jay Graves Report

The swag of the Ben Davis defense has been too much for boyz to mess with! “Weapons”

The Ben Davis defensive front and ain't to play with. "Oh we comin' atcha playboy! Straight soldier style!" All Photos: TheJayGravesReport

Everybody and their baby’s momma’s momma, Ms. Jackson, have been talkin’ about the potency of the No.1 Ben Davis Giants offense all season long, includin’ me. We’ve all heard the glorious stories of Reese Taylor, Broc Thompson, Johnny Adams and the crew draggin’ boyz up and down the field week after week in route to their 13-0 record and an appearance in this Saturday’s Class 6A state championship game. We’ve heard of their No.1 rankin’ in the state and No.5 in the country! We’ve seen the hype videos and all of that right?

However, most cats have taken one of the most important aspects of this team for granted. The vaunted DEFENSE!!! Yeah, I know that they need the offensive weapons to get loose on a boy and they need that unbelievable offensive line led by center David Moore. I get that bruh, but without a defense full of horses they’d look like a Big 12 team and that ain’t happenin’ playboy. This defense is only givin’ up 15.3 points per game bruh. You do the math. Crazy weaponry  on offense and their only givin’ up 15 points on defense. That spells beatin’ the brakes off of EVERYBODY.

Damon Banks keepin’ a boy honest.

Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! They’ve got studs all over field and it never seems to slow down. The night before trainin’ camp was to start their defensive leader, safety Rondell Allen, was shot multiple times. Thank God the lil’ homie survived and is recoverin’ well. The average mind would have thought that the defense would be hit.

SirZion Dance ain’t nothin’ to play with!

But naw playa they regrouped, put the soldier mindset in place and kept it movin’. The front seven is NUTS givin’ boyz the blues led by a dun named No.1 SirZion Dance at middle linebacker!!! That’s the best name in football at any level; high school, college or pro. He leads the Giants with 124 tackles with 7 for loss followed by his homeboy Kelian Laws better known in the streets as Juicy wearin’ No.43 with 103 tackles with 6 for a loss. Tyree Upchurch No.59 completes the linebacker corp with 63 tackles. It’s crazy what they’ve been able to do.

Don’t even get me started on the massive defensive front boyz have to deal with!! Stop it!! Defensive end Willie Ervin wearin’ No.98 is a beast out there leadin’ the team with 16 tackles for a loss. He’s got a total of 56 tackles but his ability to cause havoc on offensive lines and hurry quarterbacks is the most impressive. The other defensive end is Damon Banks holdin’ down the No.96 that makes it real difficult for a boy to figure out what’s comin’ next and don’t forget about the big homie Malik Temple No.99 that’s registered 9 tackles for loss and 38 total. Then there’s Kajuan Emerson rockin’ the No.55 with 57 tackles and 5 for loss. When the ball is snapped they’re eatin’ like Piranha and it ain’t nothin’ nice bruh!

Jontae Dobson holdin’ court!

So while the front seven’s causin’ boyz all types of problems the secondary is layin’ the wood and coverin’ boyz like Christmas blankets. Now I’ve already told you that safety Rondell Allen was shot before the season started and has missed the entire season. However, they’re like BeBe’s kids back there bruh. They don’t die they multiply. Nick Brown No.4 went down with a leg injury in week 4 against Center Grove. So that’s two of their best players in the secondary missin’ and they’re still ballin’ out of control back there.

There’s a young thunder cat named Jontae Dobson wearin’ No.24 with ball skillz through the roof. He leads the team with 4 interceptions and he’s registered 73 tackles. If you put the ball in the air he’s findin’ it or he’s workin’ the dun over that’s runnin’ with it. He’s no joke. Ole boy’z my favorite player on this defensive unit because of his work ethic. He plays EVERY down like it’s his last. Salute my brother!!

Elijah Ball drippin’ with swagg before the North Central game.

Then there’s Elijah Ball No.3!! He makes my all-uniform team darn near every week because he knows how to put that thang (uniform) on!! Not only can he ball out of control but he wears his uniform like a stud. He has 54 tackles to go with his swag. I got holler at safety Malcolm Mitchell No.15 who’s fourth on the team in total tackles with 69 tackles. Beast!! Elijah Adams rockin’ the sweet No.6 comes in with 40 tackles just to keep a boy honest.

Although Jermaine Hoskins is ballin’ out of control on offense at wide receiver he’s probably a better corner than receiver. That’s NUTS!!! C’mon bruh! It’s like havin’ silent missiles out there. You don’t know where they’re goin’ to come from.

The amount of talent on this Ben Davis roster is ridiculous and everybody knows it includin’ Penn. I know that they’re a very good team because they’re playin’ on Saturday in the Class 6A title game against these boyz. They’re 12-1 so they aren’t cottage cheese comin’ down here.

However, I don’t think they’ve run into a team quite this talented EVER because I don’t think there has ever been one this talented and loaded with 53 seniors.

The fact that Ben Davis has this much veteran leadership at EVERY position is astonishin’. Most high school teams have two or three studs. They’ve got a whole team full of them. That’s the problem playboy. Stop me when I start lyin’!

The homies on defense: Click on the photos:

Playas Thesaurus: 

1) Dun: noun – the person in question, dude, guy, etc. It’s whoever I’m talkin’ about and its non-gender specific.

2) Ole boy: noun – the person that I’m currently talkin’ about.

The G is excluded from the endings of all words because the G is near and dear to my heart because I’m from “The G” which is Gary, Indiana. So I only use the G when I’m talkin’ about “The G!”

The caption under the photo isn’t real but its real talk!