2015 Season Preview
"We are extremely excited about the upcoming 2015 football season. We have demanded more from this group of players during the preseason than any group who has ever played at Roncalli," said head coach Bruce Scifres.
In the past, the Rebels have always had at least two weeks of two-a-days prior to starting school. With the start of school moved up to August 5, there was time for only one two-a-day practice. Consequently, to make up for the lost practice opportunities, the summer was much busier and more intense than ever before.
"We had to get almost our entire offense, defense and special teams installed during the summer,” said Scifres. “It was also important that our team conditioning be better than it has ever been by the end of the summer. What has been most impressive about this group is the way they responded to the increased demand and workload. They came to work every day with great attitudes, energy and work ethic. Our entire coaching staff is extremely proud of them.”
The Rebels graduated some key players from last season's sectional championship squad. The defense lost All-State linebackers David Schott and Joe Swan, along with Nat Otley, who had been one of the team's leading tacklers the previous two seasons. Offensively, graduation claimed All-State tight end Dan Annee and quarterback Casey Gore, who was an integral part of the offense with his strong passing skills. However, the Rebels return six starters on defense, including Justin Saylor and Caleb Bowling in the secondary and linebackers Nate Eble and Jake Franklin. Three starters return on offense, including leading rusher and scorer Nate Fries, tackle Louie Hibner and Robbie Strader, who will likely inherit the starting quarterback spot.
"We are excited about the energy and positive team chemistry this group has created,” said Scifres. “Our senior leadership has been awesome during the grueling summer workouts. Their leadership has been a vital part of this team's positive energy. Keeping our key players healthy, as always, will be paramount to our success, especially later in the season. However, this group has shown many of the key characteristics necessary to be very competitive and have a successful season."
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