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HS football: Roncalli's defense dominates Scecina

FILE – Roncalli coach Bruce Scifres has the Rebels 5-0 for the first time since 2004.

FILE – Roncalli coach Bruce Scifres has the Rebels 5-0 for the first time since 2004.

Roncalli coach Bruce Scifres says his defense takes pride in playing hard-nosed football.

That was on display Friday when the Rebels topped Scecina 31-6, and the near shutout follows a shutout against Plainfield last week. Roncalli is 5-0 for the first time since 2004.

“I’m very, very proud of how hard our kids have worked and how they’ve stayed focused through each of the games,” Scifres said. “They’ve just locked in and played their hearts out. I’m just so proud of them.”

The Rebels took an early lead and never looked back. Quarterback Derek O’Connor connected with Jacob Leudeman for a 16-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.

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The Rebels’ defense came up strong time and time again. Scecina quarterback Mac Ayres fumbled under pressure during the second quarter, and the recovery by Roncalli linebacker Jones Asher set up the Rebels’ offense inside the 10-yard line. O’Connor connected with Luke Smock on a 7-yard pass to give the Rebels a two-touchdown lead.

“Our guys stepped up and made the plays,” Scifres said. “It started with our defensive group giving us great field position, and our offense was able to capitalize on that field position.”

O’Connor threw another touchdown pass, this time to Nate Fischer, to extend the lead to 21-0. Patrick Sandler drilled a 44-yard field goal with 1 second to play in the first half, giving Roncalli a 24-0 lead it wouldn’t surrender.

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O’Connor finished the game 8-of-13 for 85 yards and three touchdowns. Kenny Gillum ran for 69 yards on 14 carries and scored another Rebels touchdown in the third quarter.

The only spark for the Crusaders was a jump-ball catch by wide receiver David Baker in the third quarter. Victor Franco punched it in for the Crusaders’ only touchdown. It was the first time Roncalli has allowed a touchdown in more than eight quarters.

“They just take a lot of pride in what they’re doing,” Scifres said. “Our defensive coordinator is Scott Marsh – he’s done an amazing job. Our kids are excited.”

RONCALLI 31, SCECINA 6

Scecina

0

0

6

0

6

Roncalli

7

17

7

0

31

R — Jacob Leudeman 16 pass from Derek O’Connor (Sandler kick)

R — Luke Smock 7 pass from O’Connor (Sandler kick)

R — Nate Fischer pass from O’Connor (Sandler kick)

R — Sandler 44 yd kick

R — Kenny Gillum 16 yd run (Sandler kick)

S — Victor Franco 2 yd TD run (kick no good)

 

S

R

Total Net Yards

157

243

Rushes-Yards

35-70

31-136

Passing

87

107

Comp-Att-Int

3-8-0

11-19-0

Punts-Average

5-33.2

5-36.2

Fumbles-Lost

1-1

0-0

Penalties-Yards

1-12

7-60

Rushing – Roncalli, Kenny Gilllum 14-69, Patrick McManama 6-27, Derek O’Connor 5-14, Hunter Miller 3-8, Elijah Mahan 1-8, Nate Fischer 1-7, Conner Gore 1-3. Scecina, Darrell Johnson 13-66, Victor Franco 10-24, Mac Ayres 5-(-29), Satchel Oskins 3-7, Andrew Lowery 2-5, Rodney Warfield 1(-9), Anthony Andrews 1-6.

Passing – Roncalli, Derek O’Connor 8-13-85, Conner Gore 3-6-22. Scecina, Mac Ayres 3-8-87.

Receiving – Roncalli, Luke Smock 3-30, Aidan Parker 2-24, Jacob Luedeman 2-21, Nate Fischer 2-11, Murphy McManama 1-12, Michael Otley 1-9. Scecina, David Baker 2-50, Jack Wright 1-37.

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