Bishop Fenwick football coach Dave Woods might be just as excited about what Nick Bona’s football future holds as the star player himself.
Bona, Fenwick’s do-it-all dynamo who led the Crusaders to the Division 5 Super Bowl in December, accepted a partial football scholarship to Stonehill College yesterday.
“It’s scary to think about (how good Bona can become). I can’t wait to go watch. I’m looking forward to watching him on the kickoff team when he doesn’t have to kick,” Woods said. “When he’s focusing on one side of the ball and he’s really getting individual coaching, I think the sky’s the limit for Nick.
“My response to him (about Stonehill) was that they have no idea what type of player they’re getting. I know they like him, but until they see it first hand ...”
Bona was dominant in all facets of the game this season for the Crusaders. As the team’s quarterback, he completed 78-of-154 passes for 1,407 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also ran for 889 yards and 12 more scores while earning Salem News Player of the Year accolades.
His four-year yardage total was 3,153 yards, which ranks fifth in program history.
But, it’s the defensive side of the ball where Bona really stands out. He registered more than 200 tackles as a linebacker this year and finished his career with 498 tackles, by far the most in school history. No other Fenwick player ever recorded 300 career tackles.
He was also instrumental on kickoff teams, making several tackles on kickoffs and delivering crushing blocks on kickoff returns.
His future with the Skyhawks is on defense, where he will likely play strong safety.
“I think they just graduated one of their safeties and from what the coach said, I can come in and work hard and there’s an open position — and it’s anyone’s position. I’m trying to get on the field as quickly as I can,” the 5-foot-9, 165-pound Bona said.