Roncalli Football Team

2017 Season Review

The Rebels posted an 8-2 record while negotiating one of the state’s toughest schedules. Due to the IHSAA success factor, the Rebels competed in Class 5A for the first time in the program’s 49-year history. The team won its first seven games, extending its winning streak to a program-record, 22 games. The Rebels were a perfect 5-0 at home and stretched its home-field winning streak to 14 games. After one season as the team’s defensive coordinator, Scott Marsh took over as head coach and led Roncalli to its second consecutive Circle City Conference championship. In two seasons of conference play, the Rebels are a perfect 6-0.

Senior quarterback Conner Gore established new program records for single-season completions (123) and single-season completion percentage (73.6%, 123-for-167). Senior wide receiver Jacob Luedeman left his mark on the record books, setting new records for career receptions (67), career receiving yards (1,103) and tying the records for career touchdown catches (15) and single-game touchdown catches (3). Senior kicker Merrick Strykowski was a perfect 40-for-40 on extra points. Senior wide receiver Michael Dill led the team with 43 catches, while junior running back Elijah Mahan had a team-high 754 yards rushing. Senior linebacker Cade Morgan led the team in tackles (84), tackles for loss (18) and sacks (8). Senior safety Ethan Newett registered team-high five interceptions.

Gore, Morgan, Luedeman, senior running back Patrick McManama, senior lineman Sean Hornek, senior tight end Hayden Moran, senior linebacker Jones Asher, senior defensive back Cam Fath and junior defensive lineman John Harris all were named All-Circle City Conference.

All 10 Roncalli opponents finished the season with a .500 record or better. Roncalli is the only program out of 326 in the state that can make that claim this season. Four opponents won or tied for a conference title. Five opponents won at least a sectional title and three advanced to the semi-state round.