Still, if there is one side of the ball that Fenwick coach Dave Woods absolutely has to have Bona on the field for, it’s defense.
To put it into context, during Fenwick’s season-opening game against Northeast Regional when Bona was filling in at QB, he started cramping up before halftime. Knowing that Bona wouldn’t be able to play both ways in the second half, Woods elected to plug in freshman Matt Renzulli at quarterback just to keep Bona on the field for defense.
Bona, a junior, is a 5-foot-7, 160-pound safety who delivers 6-foot, 215-pound hits.
The records Woods keeps only go back to 1999, but it’s safe to assume Bona will be among the program’s all-time leading tacklers when he graduates in 2014.
So far through nine games, Bona has 135 tackles which averages out to 15 tackles per game. At that pace, Bona will finish the season with 165 tackles.
To put that in perspective, since 1999 the top two single-season tacklers that have played for Woods were Mike Blanchard in 2003 and Josh Takis in 2001. Both were linebackers and both played 12 games. Blanchard recorded 139 tackles and Takis finished with 131. Bona is on pace to obliterate those numbers in one fewer game.
Bona has also contributed two interceptions, one fumble recovery and two sacks.
Three of Pingree’s five seniors started for the Highlanders in their freshman year, and a slight chance remains that that trio will play in four bowl games in their careers.
The Highlanders aren’t in control of their own destiny, but a win over Dexter Southfield tonight, plus some help in a few other games, and the team could be going bowling once again.
Of course, win or lose it’s been an amazing four-year run for Nick Antenucci, Jerome Cappadona and Hank Martin.