Muncie Central suffered defeat at home on Friday to McCutcheon 16-14. It was frustrating how they lost. Muncie Central had the ball to the take the lead with just over three minutes to play. However, misuse of the clock had them panicking after advancing the ball from their own 20 to their own 35. Then the Muncie Central pulled off a WR Jamel Barnes pass downfield that set up a field goal for the win at the end of regulation. The Bearcats missed that short field goal as time expired. It hurt because inches were the difference between 5-3 and 4-4. However, there were plenty of positives.
McCutcheon held a comfortable lead heading to the second half. They even came out of the half with a two tight end, three back set. Essentially wanted to run it down Muncie Central’s throat and shorten the game. That’s when the Bearcat offense was sparked. They were able to force a good McCutcheon team out of running the clock down. They forced a team that was 9-0 last year in the regular season to change their game plan. That would have never happened a year ago. Even when Andre Wells didn’t have a usually Andre Wells game, Muncie Central found ways to hang around. The defense led by Vince Coleman was stiffling in the second half to allow the offense more opportunities. QB Trenton Hatfield was effective in short passing. He even made some plays with his running ability. The team looked complete rather than having just a stud running back. Strides have been made with this team. They are a dangerous team to face in sectionals (8-0 Kokomo will have to travel to Muncie Central). Should be exciting to see how this season ends up for the Bearcats.
Week 9 completes the regular season. We will cover Delta vs. #1 5A defending state champion New Palestine.