Bodo­lus, Figueroa named to All-State team

The Community Connection - - SPORTS - By Austin Hert­zog ahert­[email protected]­tu­ry­ @AustinHert­zog on Twit­ter

Potts­grove de­fen­sive end Ryan Bodo­lus and Pottstown safety Ne­hemiah Figueroa weren’t shy about mak­ing a tackle this fall.

On Thurs­day, the pair of Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence se­niors tack­led spots on the Penn­syl­va­nia Foot­ball Writ­ers’ All-State Team, both earn­ing spots on the Class 4A de­fense.

A de­fen­sive line se­lec­tion, the 6-1, 220-pound Bodo­lus had a Penn­syl­va­nia-best 18.0 sacks (ac­cord­ing to MaxPreps) and 75 to­tal tack­les (32 for loss) for the District 1-4A and PIAA quar­ter­fi­nal­ist Fal­cons.

A Mini Max award win­ner and the Pottstown Mer­cury All-Area Player of the Year, Bodo­lus had two sacks, two forced fum­bles and a block ex­tra point in Potts­grove’s 14-13 district vic­tory over Bishop Shana­han as part of 12-2 sea­son.

The 5-10, 170-pound Figueroa earned a spot as a de­fen­sive back. The ag­gres­sive safety had eight in­ter­cep­tions, 88.5 tack­les (three for loss), three pass de­flec­tions and one forced fum­ble for District 1-4A run­ner-up Pottstown. Of­fen­sively, he had 35 re­cep­tions for 338 yards and a touch­down as a wide re­ceiver. A two-way All-Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Fron­tier Divi­sion first team se­lec­tion, Figueroa led Tro­jans’ turn­around 6-6 record af­ter a two-win sea­son two years prior.

Be­low is a com­plete list of the teams:

Potts­grove’s Ryan Bodo­lus (81), left, and Pottstown’s Ne­hemiah Figueroa (10), right, were selected to the Pa. Foot­ball Writ­ers’ All-State Team on Dec. 28.


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