Boys Varsity Football · Multiple Bears named FB All-State; Juniors also reap rewards


Football  season ended November 17, six weeks ago this Friday. After a 12-2 season and reining in the first ever Sectional and Regional titles, some individual honors have started pouring in.

The Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) named 3 seniors to All-State and MC had 1 Junior All-State selection. The Associated Press has also released their All-State selections which included two seniors on first team and 4 on the honorable mention list.

Two seniors made both 1st team lists: Offensive lineman Tucker Young and linebacker Wyatt Snyder.

Young helped the Bears throw for 2703 yards, rush for 2989 yards, and score 73 touchdowns. Young did much more for MC as he recorded 35 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 1 sack while playing on the other side of the ball.

Snyder was selected as a linebacker recording 69 tackles this year with 2.5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions and 1 forced fumble. On the other side, Snyder threw for 41 yards, ran for 993 yards and 17 scores, and hauled in 389 receiving yards and 5 TDs.

Tight end Nick Mitchell joined his teammates on the IFCA first team list and AP honorable mention list. Mitchell caught 34 passes for 729 yards and 9 scores this fall. He averaged 21.4 yards per catch. On the other side of the ball, Mitchell had 35 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 5 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries.

Named to the IFCA Junior All-State team was linebacker Seth Wilson, who was also named HM on the AP list. Wilson led MC with 127 tackles and 9 tackles for loss, while also recording 1 sack, 2 interceptions, and 1 fumble recovery. On offense, Wilson had 809 rushing yards and 7 scores, and 342 receiving yards with 6 touchdowns.

Senior Casey Conatser was selected AP honorable mention at quarterback. Conatser completed 131 of 228 passes (57.5%) for 2656 yards, 8 interceptions, and 32 touchdowns. He averaged 189 passing yards per game and 20.3 yards per pass.

 

Also selected AP honorable mention was junior defensive standout Taft Manship who recorded 106 tackles and 8 tackles for loss. He recorded 2.5 sacks while intercepting a pass, blocking a punt, and recovering 4 fumbles.

The Bears ended the year 12-2, ranked 4th in the IFCA poll and 5th in the AP Poll.