Roncalli’s best football season in seven years came to an end Friday night, against the team directly responsible for ending five of the Rebels’ past six seasons.
Class 4A No. 7 Cathedral bolted to a 21-0 first-quarter lead, taking advantage of an onside kick, punt return for a touchdown and four interceptions en route to a 34-7 victory against the third-ranked Rebels in the Class 4A sectional championship game.
An estimated crowd of 7,000 fans watched at Tech High School.
The win catapulted the Fighting Irish (7-5) into Friday’s regional, when they will host No. 4 Mount Vernon (Fortville). Roncalli finished 9-3, and its nine wins were the program’s most since the 2005 squad finished 12-3 and advanced to the Class 4A state championship game.