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 Joel Kennedy carried a big load Friday night to lift Monroe Central to its first-ever Mid-Eastern Conference championship, 28-7, over visiting Shenandoah. Kennedy rushed for 100 yards on 24 carries and scored a touchdown as the Class A No. 9 Bears finished out the regular season with a 6-1 record. The Bears will travel to play Taylor (1-8) this Friday in the opening round of sectional play. The Bears once again featured a balanced attack on offense as they scored a touchdown in each quarter by four different players. Kennedy scored the game’s first touchdown on a 2-yard run late in the first quarter. The Bears scored again midway through the second quarter to take a 14-0 lead. Shenandoah answered with its only score of the game just be-fore halftime. After a score in the third quarter pushed the lead to 21-7, the Bears tacked on a fourth score in the final quarter when quarterback Jackson Ullom hit his favorite target, Luke Jones, for a touchdown pass. Ullom had another highly efficient day behind center as the junior completed 9 of 11 passes for 78 yards. He has completed 90 of 115 passes this season for a 78.5 percent completion rate. Ullom has now tossed 16 touchdown passes against just two interceptions. Mitchell Moles led an impressive defensive effort with 15 tackles. Caleb Snyder was right behind with 13 tackles and Jonah Jones was credited with 10 tackles. The Bears had six interceptions in the game, two by junior Brayden Hunt. Placekicker Elijah Taylor was 4 for 4 on extra point kicks.

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