Friday’s much anticipated match-up between undefeated Monroe Central and Eastern Hancock (5-1) didn’t live up to all the hype. The 3rd ranked Bears built a 22-0 halftime lead en route to a 46-21 victory over the Royals.
Senior Quarterback Casey Conatser found juniorSeth Wilson for a 41 yard score, then Conatser ran in the conversion to make it 8-0 Bears.
Early in the second quarter, senior Wyatt Snyder capped a drive with a 6-yard run while senior Keegan Kane added the conversion points to make it 16-0.
On a 4th and goal from the 6, Conatser found senior Nick Mitchell for the score and MC was on top 22-0 at the half.
A MC turnover gave Eastern Hancock good field position setting up their first points of the game. But Wilson and the Bears came right back on a 6 yard run for six. Conatser passed to Snyder for the conversion and a 30-7 lead
A pass interference call set up the Royals second score on the night, but again it was the Bears coming right back. This time it was Snyder at QB sneaking it in and senior Israel Nash rushing for the conversion points as the lead went to 38-15.
With 9:55 to go in the game, junior Kamron Caldwell bulldozed his way to an 11 yard score. Kane added the conversion to make it 46-15.
Wilson ran for a 35 yard score, however, an inadvertent whistle took the Bear score away. The Royals added a final score but still came up 25 points short.
The offense picked up 22 first downs on the night and did not have to punt once.
Conatser was 8-for-12 through the air for 221 yards and three scores.
The Bears had a pair of 100-yard rushers on the night as Snyder ran for 107 yards on 14 carries and a pair of scores. Wilson ran 10 times for 100 yards. Caldwell ran for 59 yards, Kane 26, and Nash 21 on the night where MC ran for 307 yards.
Nash led the receiving corps with 110 yards, while Wilson had 54, Mitchell 41, and Snyder 16.