Monroe Central recorded their 5th shutout Friday night as the 2nd ranked Bears defeated Anderson Preparatory Academy, 54-0, to extend their regular season win streak to 17.
It was game where the Bears scored quickly and efficiently and the game saw a running clock take affect with 7 minutes left in the second quarter. A great many Bears saw the field and contributed.
On their first possession, senior QB Casey Conatser found senior wideout Israel Nash on a 33 yard strike. Wyatt Snyder kicked the PAT (point after try) to make it a 7-0 game. Possession two was capped when Snyder scored from 10 yards out, added the PAT and the onslaught was on at 14-0.
Nash scored on a 25 yard run, while Conatser found Nick Mitchell for a 30 yard score on consecutive possessions. Snyder kicked 1 of the 2 PATs and it was 27-0 still in the first quarter. Before the 12 minute period could run out, senior back Keegan Kane went 30 yards unscathed to make it 33-0 after one quarter.
With 7:42 to go in the half, reserve back sophomore Braden Case scored on a 1 yard run. On the PAT attempt, Conatser hit Mitchell for the 2-point score. From this point on, there was a running clock. It was 41-0 at the half.
With the starters back in for one series in the second half, the Bears marched down field and scored on a 26 yard pass from Conatser to junior wideout Kamron Caldwell. Snyder added the PAT and it was 48-0.
Junior reserve back Jack Taylor added the final score on a 1 yard plunge to give MC a 54-0 win.
Conatser was 11-for-12 passing for 221 yards and 3 touchdowns. This puts Conatser over the 1500 yard mark with 21 TDs on the year.
Snyder rushed for 76 yards on 4 carries while Kane had 38 yards on 2 carries, Jaime Hancock had 36 yards on 6 carries, Case 33 yards on 5 rushes, Nash 25 yards on 1 carry, Logan Patterson 22 yards on 2 carries, and Taylor 22 yards on 4 carries
Mitchell led the receiving corps with 79 yards on 5 catches, Caldwell had 55 yards on 2 catches, Nash 52 yards on 2 receptions, Seth Wilson one catch for 18 and Snyder one for 17 yards.
The defense held APA to no first downs on the night as Wilson and Malcolm Armour each had 4 tackles to lead the way. With 3 tackles apiece were Seth Fields, Kaden Conklin, Taylor, and Hancock.