2018 Season Preview
The 2018 season will mark Roncalli’s second season in the 5A football classification. The Rebels return six starters from last year’s 8-2 squad that won its second consecutive Circle City Conference championship. Offensively, Roncalli will be led up front by returning senior starters Simon Dias at guard and Joe Mullin, who played all across the offensive line last season. Senior Elijah Mahan returns at running back after averaging 6.2 yards per carry in an outstanding 2017 campaign.
Senior Alex Volk assumes quarterbacking duties this season after serving as the primary backup last year. He will be joined by junior Tristan Carmony, sophomore Cole Beckman and freshman Aidan Leffler. Mahan is joined in the backfield by senior Andrew Lockard and sophomore Baron Huebler. Lockard will also see time at fullback along with seniors Garrett Huelskamp, Devin Edwards, Chris Norris and Sam Erickson. The receiving corps is led versatile senior Luke Dill, fellow senior Nick Johnson, 6’7” junior Daniel Asher and junior Chris Parrett. Across the offensive line, Dias and Mullin will lead the charge along with seniors Clayton Schura, Robbie Butts, Jerzy Pawlak, Conner DeMoss and juniors Alex Nettles and Daniel Heinrich.
Defensively, the Rebels return a significant amount of experience up front. Senior John Harris comes off of an All-State 2017 season to lead the rush on the defensive line. He will be joined experienced senior Ethan Lockard, senior Tyler Muse, junior Jack Wardzala and senior Nolan Hoffman. At linebacker, senior Brandon Berger moves over from safety after a tremendous 2017. He’ll be joined by senior Tom Hodge, who gained significant experience last year, senior Mat Waugh, juniors David Clayton and Anthony Jones and sophomores Sean Sinovic and Skyler Phillips. The secondary is held down by seniors Jacob Denney and Dylan Lewis at the corner positions. Denney started several games in 2017 and Lewis gained valuable experience. Both players will be asked to help out on offense as well. Other corners in the mix are seniors Brandon White and Austin Johnson and juniors Danny Lopez and Nathan Marshall. New faces at safety for the Rebels will include seniors Gavin Snyder, Cody Carmony, Patrick Cherry and junior Tyler Newett. Junior Owen Herndon will handle placekicking duties while DeMoss and Lopez will vie for the punting job.
The 2018 schedule features Southside rivals Southport and Franklin Central, along with Circle City Conference foes Bishop Chatard, Brebeuf Jesuit and Guerin Catholic. New opponents for the Rebels this season will be Conference Indiana members Columbus North, Bloomington North and Bloomington South.