Roncalli High School
3300 Prague Road
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Current Head Coach: Bruce Scifres
Sectional Assignment: 14 (4A)
Colors: Red, Blue, Gray
First Football Season: 1969
Record at the end of the 2007 Season: 331-127
- 8 (9) State Championships: 3A - 1985, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1999; 4A - 2002, 2003, 2004; 1A Mythical Championship: 1972
- 11 Semi-State Championships: 3A - 1983, 1989 (and above); 4A - 2005 (and above)
- 13 Regional Championships: 3A - 1995, 2000 (and above)
- 16 Sectional Championships: 2A - 1976; 3A - 1984, 1996 (and above)
- Tournament Record: 84-19
Click on the above link to view both Varsity and Freshmen Rosters
In 1969, when Roncalli High School opened its doors, Roncalli Football was born. Out of the winning traditions of Sacred Heart, Chartrand and Kennedy - the off-spring was destined for greatness.
In its first year the Rebels were coached by John Meredith who came to Roncalli from Kennedy High School where he was the Spartans head coach. The Rebels posted a 3 and 7 record facing a very stiff City schedule.
In the second year Bob Tully was named head coach. Bob served in this position for 4 seasons posting a 21 and 19 record. During the 1972 season Roncalli was the City Runner-Up and named a mythical State Champion in Class A by a poll conducted by the IHSAA and the Indianapolis Star. This poll was conducted prior to the beginning of the Class system in Indiana football.
1974 brought Butch Branson to the helm of the Roncalli football program. Butch took the Rebels to their first playoff appearance in 1976 losing in a hard fought battle to eventual State Runner-Up Jasper.
Ed Tinder, 7-year assistant, took over the leadership role of the Rebels in 1977 and posted a three year record of 16 wins and 14 losses. The Tinder-led Rebels knocked off many top rated teams in the state and began the state recognition of the Roncalli High School football program.
In 1980 Bill Kuntz was named head coach of the Rebels and the football program was headed for prominence. The ‘83 Rebels under Kuntz’s leadership went on to become the State Runners-Up in Class 3A. This was their first State Finals appearance. In 1985 Kuntz took the Rebels to the top spot in Class 3A becoming State Champions by defeating Wawasee 37-3.
Bill Sylvester, Kuntz’s Assistant and former standout quarterback at Chatard and Butler University, was named to the head coaching position in 1987. Sylvester, in his 3-year stint, posted 29 wins vs. 9 losses. Sylvester took the ‘88 Rebels to the State Championship defeating Tipton 14 to 13, and took the ‘89 Rebels back to the Dome, becoming State Runners-Up in a 20-14 loss to Hammond Bishop Noll. Sylvester left the Rebels to join the Butler University Football staff.
With Sylvester’s departure former Roncalli Assistant and Lawrence Central Assistant Bruce Scifres was named head coach. In his 4th year (1993) Coach Scifres took the Rebels to an even higher plateau becoming the first undefeated State Champion in the school’s history with a 14-12 victory over previously undefeated NorthWood. Mike Bohn rushed for 3,165 yards to set the state record for most rushing yards in a single season as well as leading the nation in rushing with the 8th highest total ever (11 yards behind Hershel Walker's senior year). Mike was named Mr. Football Runner-Up.
The 1999 season brought another state championship to Scifres and the Rebels as they finished a perfect 15-0 season. Highlights of the season were victories over nationally “Top 10” ranked Cincinnati Moeller and the 24-14 state title win over Norwell. Also during the 1999 season, Coach Scifres became the first coach from the state of Indiana to win 100 games in his first 10 years as a head coach. In 2002, 2003 and 2004 Bruce led the Rebels to three consecutive 4A State Championships (in 2004 Jason Werner became the school's first Mr. Football). The streak came to an end with a heartbreaking 27-28 loss to Lowell in the 2005 state championship. His .779 winning percentage (176-50 after 2007 season)is best in the school’s history.
by: Bob Tully with minor adjustments and updates by TW
Roncalli Webpages and Stats/Records Links
- Roncalli High School
- Roncalli Football
- Roncalli Rebels Football Broadcast on the Internet
- John Harrell's Roncalli Page
- Turf Installation Process
- The 1999 Bill Benner Indianapolis Star Article on Roncalli Football and Tradition
- Offensive, Defensive, and Miscellaneous Records
- 1969-2006 Season Scoreboard
- Roncalli Coaching Staff Bios
- Honor Team Players
- 1971-Present Team Captains, MVPs, and Mental Attitude Award Winners
Pictures/Season Stats and Recaps
As of October 21, 2006
Gridiron Digest Roll Call
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