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Roncalli Football Team

2014 Season Preview

The 2014 varsity football season promises to be filled with much excitement as the Rebels have been working extremely hard in the offseason to prepare for another challenging schedule. The graduating seniors leave some very big shoes to fill as Cam Smock, the starting quarterback the past two seasons, graduated after setting five school passing records. Graduates David Holtkamp, Nick Neu and Cal Scifres were all named first team All-State and Scifres was also voted the state's top offensive lineman by the state’s coaches in the Mr. Football balloting.  But the cupboard is far from bare, as the Rebels return Colin McManama, who was the team's leading rusher and scorer last season.  Defensively, Nat Otley returns after being the team's leading tackler a year ago. 

"We’ve been extremely happy with the hard work this group has put in over the past eight months. The seniors have stepped up and provided great leadership in the weight room, in conditioning and on the practice field thus far,” said head coach Bruce Scifres.   “They have attacked these tasks as if they have something to prove and I’m proud of them for their hard work and the leadership they have shown." 

“We are going to be very inexperienced up front early in the season,” said Scifres, referring to an offensive line that graduated all five starters.  "However, with a strong stable of running backs and receivers, and a couple of quarterbacks with strong arms, we will work hard to move the ball in a variety of ways.  We feel with some playing time under their belts, this line will gel and see results from their hard work."

 “We are extremely excited to see what this year’s defense can accomplish,” said Scifres of a unit that returns seven starters.  “We feel we have good team speed on that side of the ball and are confident they will fly to the football.”

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