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Roncalli Football Team

2015 Season Review

The 2015 football Rebels returned the program to the semi-state for the first time in 10 seasons and added to the program’s expansive trophy case. They won their second-straight sectional title and the 18th in program history with a home win over Frankfort (28-0) and road wins at Lebanon (28-14) and Greenwood (35-19). The following week, the Rebels won the program’s 14th regional title, and the first since 2005, with a 49-12 home win over Delta. The 49-points represented the program’s highest scoring output in 13 seasons and the win was the 100th football postseason victory in history. Only six other high school football programs in Indiana have won at least 100 playoff games. The team’s seven-game winning streak, the longest in 10 seasons, ended in a semi-state loss at East Central.

Senior quarterback Robbie Strader established three school records for pass completions. He set the single-season completion record with 109 and the single-season completion percentage mark, hitting at a 64.9% (109-168) clip. He completed a single-game record 10-for-10 passes in the sectional win over Frankfort. Strader also connected on a school-record 85-yard scoring pass to senior receiver Will Harris in the win at Decatur Central for the longest pass play in school history. Senior running back Nate Fries led the team with 22 touchdowns and his five touchdowns in the win at Martinsville was one shy of the school record. Senior cornerback Justin Saylor was named first-team All-Marion County and ran back two punts for scores. He was a member of a defensive unit that allowed 15.0 points per game and ranked sixth in Class 4A in scoring defense. The defense had a stretch of seven games where it allowed less than 100 yards rushing.

Saylor was named the state’s top defensive back by the state’s coaches. He was also chosen as one of the state’s top 50 players. Fries was named to the Class 4A All-State team by the IFCA (Indiana Football Coaches Association). Junior linebacker Christian Brueggemann was selected by the coaches to the junior Class 4A All-State team. Senior linebacker Nate Eble was tabbed by the Associated Press to the media’s Class 4A All-State team. Strader, Fries and Saylor were named honorable mention AP All-State.

Fries and Strader were named the team’s offensive MVPs. Eble and senior linebacker Jake Franklin were named the team’s defensive MVP’s. Senior Louie Hibner won the team’s outstanding offensive lineman award and fellow senior Tyler Lucas earned the team’s outstanding defensive lineman award. Senior linebacker Kyle Petroff garnered the Nate Ashworth Mental Attitude Award. Senior defensive back Caleb Bowling won the team’s special teams award. Senior linemen Jordon Sinkhorn and Tyler Reed grabbed the team’s tenacity award. Senior lineman Brandon Dillon collected the team’s academic award. Senior lineman Justin Hornek won the “great” player award and Saylor nabbed the versatility award.

The Rebels played one of the toughest Class 4A schedules in the state. Five of Roncalli’s nine regular season opponents were among the state’s top 64 teams (out of 323 teams). Three teams on Roncalli’s regular season schedule won postseason titles and two teams – Bishop Chatard and East Central – advanced to the state finals.

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