A big night for Jack Dotzler led to another big win for Omaha Roncalli.

The junior tossed a career-high seven touchdown passes Friday night to lead the Crimson Pride to a 55-29 win over Elkhorn Mount Michael. Roncalli had scored 62 points in each of its previous two wins before settling for slightly less against the Knights.

“It’s been a good season so far,” Dotzler said. “And the team is playing really well.”

Dotzler threw two TD passes in the first quarter and two more in the second. He added two in the third period and one more early in the fourth. He finished 16 of 25 for 408 yards and no interceptions.

“We knew they had a good offense,” Dotzler said. “We thought it might take a lot of points to win it.”

The teams combined for more than 900 yards in total offense.

“I’m a little concerned about that because I’m in charge of the defense,” Crimson Pride coach Tom Kassing said. “But Jack and (offensive coordinator) Zach Byrd deserve a lot of credit tonight.”

Senior running back Alex Rodgers also warrants a share of the limelight. He caught four TD passes and returned an onside kick for another score.

He also was in on 22 tackles.

“It’s exciting to go against a team that’s similar to us,” Kassing said. “They’re well-coached and I had a feeling it was going to be a pretty exciting game.”

The Crimson Pride took the suspense out of the match in the first half, opening a 28-0 advantage. Dotzler’s four first-half TD passes went for 25, 59, 66 and 55 yards.

The Knights scored just before halftime on a 9-yard pass from quarterback Sid deMayo to Garrett Hustedt — deMayo also had a strong night, throwing for 256 yards and rushing for 117.

Dotzler fired two more touchdown passes in the third quarter, one to Rodgers and the other to Ryan Fenoglio. Those plays sandwiched a TD toss from deMayo to Matt Zarybnicky.

Dotzler’s seventh TD toss was a 63-yard beauty to Ethan Ortner, who hauled it in and raced to the end zone.

DeMayo accounted for two more touchdowns for the Knights but it wasn’t nearly enough.

Kassing said it was nice to see his quarterback turn in another winning performance.

“Jack is a special kid,”  he said. “He reads the defense well and has a lot of weapons to choose from.”

Roncalli has outscored its past three opponents 179-69.

“I’m fine with the fact we didn’t quite get 62 again,” Kassing said. “Just so we keep winning.”

Omaha Roncalli (4-2)....................13 15 13 14—55

At Elkhorn Mount Michael (4-2)...........0 7 7 15—29

OR: Alex Rodgers 25 pass from Jack Dotzler (Andrew McCoy kick)

OR: Rodgers 59 pass from Dotzler (kick blocked)

OR: Justin Niederle 66 pass from Dotzler (Ryan Fenoglio pass from Dotzler)

OR: Rodgers 55 pass from Dotzler (McCoy kick)

EMM: Garrett Hustedt 9 pass from Sid deMayo (Keaton Stec kick)

OR: Fenoglio 7 pass from Dotzler (McCoy kick)

EMM: Matt Zarybnicky 6 pass from deMayo (Stec kick)

OR: Rodgers 11 pass from Dotzler (kick blocked)

OR: Ethan Ortner 63 pass from Dotzler (McCoy kick)

EMM: Zarybnicky 23 pass from deMayo (deMayo run)

OR: Rodgers 45 kickoff return (McCoy kick)

EMM: DeMayo 35 run (Stec kick)


Rushing: OR, Alex Rodgers 6-23, Jack Dotzler 13-40, Jabez Anderson 3-4. EMM: Sid deMayo 26-117, Jackson Ramold 15-49, Matt Zarybnicky 1-4, Calvin Benson 2-6, Ben deMayo 1-(minus 6), William Byrnes 2-31.

Passing: OR, Dotzler 16-25-0 408. EMM, deMayo 23-39-0 256.

Receiving: OR, Ryan Fenoglio 4-66, Justin Niederle 5-122, Rodgers 4-150, Thomas Kenny 1-(minus 1), Shane Orr 1-8, Ethan Ortner 1-63. EMM: Drew Thornton 6-58, Cliff Roepke 3-54, Zarybnicky 5-51, Ramold 1-6, Garrett Hustedt 8-87.

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Mike covers high school sports, primarily volleyball in the fall, girls basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring and summer. He also reports on horse racing for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MPattersonOWH. Phone: 402-444-1350.

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