This was not the way Roncalli coach Bruce Scifres envisioned starting his 25th season of coaching the Rebels.
While the Class 4A No. 7 Rebels played well at times, host Class 6A No. 8 Southport’s size and opportune playmaking gave them a 27-13 season-opening win.
Size, or lack of it, and experience may have concerned Scifres, but the Rebels’ grit was never in doubt.