NAME: Nate Rolka
SCHOOL: Lackawanna Trail
LAST SEASON: 2018
There are many players who did just about everything for the team except drive the bus to the away games. Nate Rolka was one of those players. Rolka was a four-year starter at quarterback for Lackawanna Trail and ended up throwing for 3,387 yards and 29 touchdown passes. He rushed for 1,088 career yards and 27 touchdowns. He also contributed 85 extra points and 5 field goals. Rolka also played defensive end where he had 45 tackles including 4 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 4 pass break ups during his senior season. He led the Lions to four district championship appearances, winning two district titles in 2016 and 2018. In his senior season as a team captain, he led Trail to the best season in school season as the Lions finished as state runner ups with a final overall record of 14-2.
Rolka was named a 2018 NPF Lackawanna Football Conference Division IV first-team quarterback and kicker. He was also named the NPF District 2 Offense Player of the Year. Rolka was named a 2018 all-state athlete by the Pennsylvania Football Writers and first-team all-state athlete by the Pennsylvania Football News. He was also named a first-team offense specialist by EasternPAFootball.com. Rolka played in the Lions Club Dream Game and was a member of the WNEP Dream Team. He continued his athletic career at the Division 1 University of Delaware where he is playing baseball.
Lackawanna Trail coach Steve Jervis on Rolka: “We always tell our quarterbacks that the best stat of a quarterback is wins, can the kid win football games. Nate won 37 games in his high school career which is very impressive. He comes from a very athletic family where his father played Division I college football and his grandfather was a longtime coach and it showed. Nate was a fierce competitor. Maybe his best attribute, even as a quarterback, was how physical he was. At 6’3 and 215 lbs, he ran the ball extremely hard and was never afraid to earn the tough yards. My only regret is that I didn’t run him more as an underclassman. His leadership was integral to our team’s success. He had the uncanny ability to remain very relaxed even in the biggest moments.”
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