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Roncalli continues domination of Plainfield

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Roncalli had good luck on both sides of the ball in a Friday the 13th game against visiting Plainfield.

The Class 4A No. 10 Rebels (2-2) amassed a season-high 459 yards of offense Friday and defeated the Class 4A No. 13 Quakers 42-17.

Senior quarterback Cam Smock completed 9 of 12 pass attempts for 183 yards and two touchdowns as Roncalli topped Plainfield for the sixth straight game. The Rebels are now 8-0 all time against the Quakers at Roncalli Stadium.

Smock also carried the ball nine times for 24 yards and a touchdown.

Junior Colin McManama led Roncalli’s ground attack, rushing 26 times for 177 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The Rebels’ defense also found good fortune against Plainfield, forcing a first-quarter fumble and limiting an offense that had been averaging 43.7 points per game to a season-low 17 points.

Senior David Holtkamp played a key role in helping Roncalli score 21 unanswered second-half points. Overall, the 6-foot-1 senior carried the ball four times for 17 yards but proved to be Smock’s primary target through the air, snagging six catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns.

Plainfield pulled within four points of the Rebels early in the third quarter when quarterback Brady Nichols hit junior receiver Garrett Patton on a 24-yard touchdown pass. But Roncalli pulled away on a three-yard scoring run by Smock, a three-yard touchdown pass from Smock to Holtkamp and a 52-yard touchdown pass from Smock to senior receiver Aaron Schnell.

Overall, Schnell caught three passes for 106 yards.

Plainfield’s leading rusher was sophomore Jacob Maple, who ran 18 times for 50 yards.

Nichols completed 11 of 18 pass attempts for 163 yards.

After a scoreless opening quarter, Plainfield kicker Andrew Berberich hit a 17-yard field goal that gave the Quakers a 3-0 lead, but Roncalli answered on its next possession when McManama scored on a one-yard touchdown run.

The Rebels quickly regained possession following a Plainfield fumble on the first play of their next possession. One play later, McManama added to the Roncalli lead with a 15-yard scoring run.

The Quakers answered with a touchdown of their own when Nichols connected with senior receiver Gabe Burkhart on a 12-yard scoring pass with 1:04 left in the second quarter.

However, Smock engineered a late-period scoring drive when Roncalli got the ball back on offense. He nailed Holtkamp for a 35-yard touchdown pass with two seconds remaining and the Rebels carried a 21-10 lead into intermission.

Roncalli next will face Scecina at 7 p.m. Friday in a game that will be played at the University of Indianapolis.

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