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Cathedral Draws Roncalli in Football Tournament

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The Indiana High School Athletic Association has drawn the pairings for its 45th annual football state tournament.  Second-ranked Cathedral will host number-one Roncalli in the second round of the Class 5-A state tournament on Friday, October 27th.  Both teams received a first-round bye.

By enrollment, Cathedral and Roncalli would be in football Class 4-A, but under the IHSAA’s success factor rule, both teams are playing in Class 5-A for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.  The Irish dropped down a class from 6-A this year after winning sectional titles the last two seasons, while Roncalli moved up a class from 4-A after winning the state title in 2016.

The Irish have won 54 of their last 58 tournament outings and eleven consecutive sectional titles.  The Rebels have won sectional titles their last three seasons and are currently riding a school-record 22-game winning streak which includes a perfect 15-0 season in 2016.

Cathedral’s all-time record against Roncalli is 20-12, including a 9-7 mark in tournament play.  The Irish and Rebels have not faced each other since 2012 when Cathedral defeated Roncalli 38-7 at Arsenal Tech in a Class 4-A sectional championship game.  Cathedral has won 31 straight sectional contests following a 16-12 defeat at Roncalli on November 4, 2005.

Class 5-A Sectional 13 – 5 teams (Records through Week 7 of Regular Season; IFCA Rankings)
First Round (Oct. 20) Game 1: #14 Plainfield (4-3) at #5 Decatur Central (6-1)
Semifinals (Oct. 27) Game 2: Indianapolis Arsenal Tech (3-4) at Winner Game 1
  Game 3: #1 Roncalli (7-0) at #2 Indianapolis Cathedral (3-4)
Championship (Nov. 3) Game 4: Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 3


Where the Irish Rank in IHSAA Tournament History:

Most State Championships

 13           Indianapolis Bishop Chatard

12           Indianapolis Cathedral

11           Fort Wayne Bishop Luers

9             Sheridan

9             Indianapolis Roncalli

Most Consecutive State Championships

5             Indianapolis Cathedral (2010-2014)

4             Warren Central (2003-2006)

4             Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (2009-2012)

4             Lafayette Central Catholic (2009-2012)

Most State Finals Appearances

15           Indianapolis Cathedral  

15           Fort Wayne Bishop Luers

14           Indianapolis Bishop Chatard

14           Carmel

12           Roncalli

 Most Tournament Wins

124        Fort Wayne Bishop Luers

119        Indianapolis Bishop Chatard

118        Carmel

114        Indianapolis Cathedral

113        Penn

Best Tournament Winning Percentage (Minimum 100 Games)

.843       Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (124-23)

.832       Indianapolis Cathedral (114-23)

.832       Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (119-24)

.800       Ben Davis (100-25)

Most Consecutive Tournament Wins

32           Indianapolis Cathedral (2010-2016)

26           Warren Central (2003-2007)

26          Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (2009-2013)

25          Lafayette Central Catholic (2009-2013)

Most State Championships by a Coach

10           Rick Streiff, Indianapolis Cathedral

9             Matt Lindsay, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers

9             Bud Wright, Sheridan

8             Dick Dullaghan, Ben Davis/Carmel

7             Vince Lorenzano, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard

7             Bruce Scifres, Roncalli

Active Sectional Championship Streaks (three or more years)

11           Indianapolis Cathedral

10           Fort Wayne Snider

6             Center Grove

6             Linton‐Stockton

4             Carmel

4             Penn

4             Pioneer

4             Warren Central

4             Westfield

3             Roncalli and 6 Other Schools

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    Good luck boys team and individual girls!…

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