Multiple Teams · 4th ranked Bears to host Clinton Central at 7 p.m. Friday


4th ranked Monroe Central (8-1) will host the Clinton Central Bulldogs (0-9) this Friday night at 7 p.m. to open the Class A Sectional 44 first round.

The Bears dropped two spots in the IFCA poll this week after their 17-game regular season win streak was snapped. by Shenandoah last Friday.

The Bears enter the post-season looking to reach the sectional championship for a 3rd straight year, but hoping for a different ending after falling to Adams Central in the title game 2 years in a row.

MC boasts the 11th best defensive average in the state and 3rd best in Class A allowing 9 points a game. The winning margin is 4th best at 31.1 points a game.

The Bears enter the game led by senior QB Casey Conatser who has completed 75-of-134 pass attempts for 1,620 yards with 22 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. Senior back Wyatt Snyder leads the team in rushing with 660 yards, a 9.3 yard per rush average with 12 scores. Junior Seth Wilson has 515 yards with a 7.6 yard per carry average and 2 TDs.

Nick Mitchell leads the reviving corps with 7th best Class A totals of 536 yards on 23 receptions and 8 touchdowns. Wilson has 269 yards and 5 scores while Kamron Caldwell has 257 yards and 5 scores.

The defense is led by Wilson with 79 tackles, Kaden Conklin with 62 tackles, and Taft Manship with 60 tackles.

Clinton Central is led by junior quarterback Spencer Smith who has completed 123-of-249 attempts for 1,496 yards, 13 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.

Senior Eli Archbald has 326 yards on 115 carries with 1 touchdown. The Bulldogs have only 4 rushing scores all season. Junior Jaden Quick leads the receivers with 351 yards on 30 catches with 3 scores. Four receivers have 250 yards plus and have combined for 13 scores.

The Clinton Central defense is led by senior Cale Lucas with 75 tackles, while sophomore Scott Harness has 56 and Quick has 55.

Below are all 4 sectional capsules plus the IFCA poll

SECTIONAL 44
Anderson Prep Academy (0-9) at Clinton Prairie (4-5)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Bradford Field.
COACHES: Randy Albano, 0-9 in 1st year at Anderson Prep Academy, 100-129 in 23rd year overall. Michael Clevenger, 10-9 in 2nd year at Clinton Prairie.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Clinton Prairie, 28.38, 238th overall, 29th in Class 1A. Anderson Prep Academy,-23.98, 326th overall, 62nd in Class 1A.
LAST OUTING: Anderson Prep Academy lost to Wes-Del, 72-14. Clinton Prairie lost to Eastern (Greentown), 46-29.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Anderson Prep Academy 44-36, Clinton Prairie 47-34.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.
Clinton Central (0-9) at Monroe Central (8-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Monroe Central.
COACHES: Justin Gardiner, 0-9 in 1st year at Clinton Central. John Hochstetler, 42-23 in 6th year at Monroe Central, 129-106 in 21st year overall.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Monroe Central, 56.15, 118th overall, 6th in Class 1A. Clinton Central, 6.22, 302nd overall, 50th in Class 1A.
LAST OUTING: Clinton Central lost to Tri-Central, 48-26. Monroe Central lost to Shenandoah, 42-20.
VS. COMMON FOES: Clinton Central 0-1; Monroe Central 1-0.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Clinton Central 47-34, Monroe Central 34-47.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.
Tri-Central (4-5) at Sheridan (7-2)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Blackhawk Field.
COACHES: George Gilbert, 61-39 in 9th year at Tri-Central, 222-175 in 37th year overall. Larry Wright, 407-188 in 52nd year at Sheridan, 408-191 in 53rd year overall.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Sheridan, 54.37, 124th overall, 8th in Class 1A. Tri-Central, 26.07, 246th overall, 31st in Class 1A.
LAST OUTING: Tri-Central defeated Clinton Central, 48-26. Sheridan defeated South Decatur, 55-13.
VS. COMMON FOES: Tri-Central 3-2; Sheridan 5-0.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Tri-Central 45-36, Sheridan 42-39.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Sheridan, 14-6.
LAST MEETING: Sheridan, 28-6, Sep. 1, 2017.
Union City (3-6) at Wes-Del (4-5)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Parker Field.
COACHES: Mike Thompson, 10-19 in 3rd year at Union City. Brad Hess, 22-27 in 5th year at Wes-Del.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Wes-Del, 19.31, 273rd overall, 34th in Class 1A. Union City, 15.16, 282nd overall, 39th in Class 1A.
LAST OUTING: Union City lost to Northeastern, 45-13. Wes-Del defeated Anderson Prep Academy, 72-14.
VS. COMMON FOES: Union City 1-2; Wes-Del 1-2.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Union City 39-33, Wes-Del 39-42.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Union City, 9-5.
LAST MEETING: Union City, 42-20, Oct. 21, 2011, sectional.
IFCA COACHES’ POLL
FINAL
1. Pioneer (9-0)
defeated North Judson, 42-0
at Carroll (Flora) (8-1) Friday
2. Indianapolis Lutheran (7-2)
defeated Indianapolis Shortridge, 50-14
vs. Cambridge City Lincoln (1-8) Friday
3. Churubusco (8-1)
defeated Fairfield, 41-7
vs. Northfield (7-2) Friday
4. Monroe Central (8-1)
lost to Shenandoah, 42-20
vs. Clinton Central (0-9) Friday
5. Eastern Greene (6-3)
defeated North Central (Farmersburg), 22-14
vs. North Daviess (1-8) Friday
6. Sheridan (7-2)
defeated South Decatur, 55-13
vs. Tri-Central (4-5) Friday
7. Carroll (Flora) (8-1)
defeated Frontier, 38-8
vs. Pioneer (9-0) Friday
8. Adams Central (7-2)
defeated Woodlan, 30-21
vs. South Adams (7-2) Friday
9. North Central (Farmersburg) (8-1)
lost to Eastern Greene, 22-14
at Springs Valley (5-4) Friday
10. Fountain Central (8-1)
defeated Rockville, 40-6
vs. Covington (4-5) Friday
11. Hagerstown (8-1)
defeated Cambridge City Lincoln, 39-0
at North Decatur (5-4) Friday
12. Southwood (8-1)
defeated Northfield, 47-37
vs. Fremont (0-9) Friday
13. Attica (7-2)
lost to South Vermillion, 48-12
at North Vermillion (6-3) Friday
13. Knightstown (4-5)
lost to Heritage Christian, 55-14
vs. Triton Central (6-3) Friday
15. Eastside (6-3)
lost to Angola, 42-13
vs. Southern Wells (1-8) Friday
16. Tri-County (8-1)
defeated North Newton, 42-26
at Lafayette Central Catholic (2-7) Friday
17. Lafayette Central Catholic (2-7)
lost to Hamilton Heights, 37-24
vs. Tri-County (8-1) Friday
17. North Miami (6-3)
defeated Tippecanoe Valley, 40-14
at South Newton (0-9) Friday
19. Covenant Christian (7-2)
lost to Bowman Academy, 14-7
at South Putnam (1-8) Friday