Matt Boland, a 6-1, 195-pound Monsignor Bonner senior from Drexel Hill, won a scholar-athlete award from the Maxwell Football Club. He has a 4.0 grade point average and is the president of student council.
"We ran a campaign,” he said. "I didn't promise anything I couldn't deliver.”
Boland was mainly a linebacker, but also played tight end, fullback and punt coverage for the football Friars.
"I could read the play and get to the ball,” Matt said. "I was best at stopping the run. Playing tight end for the first time was a lot of fun, going out for passes and learning to block. I caught about five passes. I liked making tackles and hitting people on punt coverage.
"We played well the night we beat Interboro, 20-15. I made a lot of plays. We had a real good game plan.”
Boland was one of five captains. "I tried to lead by
example,” he said. "Matt Licci was the loud one. Timmy Kelly was a real good motivator.”
Outgoing Bonner coach Jim Carrigan says, "Matt played several positions and was a great go-to player. He won a Maxwell Club award. His leadership qualities are second to none. He is very smart.”
Linebacker Matt Licci says, "Matty is a very intelligent young man. If I had a role model my own age, it was Matty. He's an All-American kid. He works hard and doesn't give up on anything.”
Safety Ryan Hunt says, "Matt is a great kid. He's a very good student and a very intelligent player. He understands different schemes and takes on many responsibilities. He's a funny kid.”
Boland started football as a fifth grader at St. Dorothy's.
"I loved playing quarterback,” he said. "I was a pocket passer.”
Matt ran a :53.4, 400-meters for Bonner's 2005 championship track team. He intends to get down to :51.0, at least, as a senior.
As a member of the National Honor Society, he has tutored in math, successfully.
"It helps me, too,” he said. "I get to solve the problem a second time.
"I've had Mr. (Vince) Donahue for algebra 1 and 2, trigonometry and calculus. He's the toughest teacher I've ever had. He makes you work for everything. He's a nice guy.
"I have applied to Virginia, Notre Dame, St. Joseph's and King's. I'll study business management. I want to run my own business.”
Boland has caddied at Rolling Green Golf Course five years.
"I do all right,” he said. "It's a tough course, but I know the course pretty well. I know the greens. I give advice if they ask for it. They are pretty nice guys at Rolling Green.”
Matt says parents Michael (Wood football) and Eileen have always been there to lead the way and stress hard work.
"My brother Joe played strong corner and tight end and was the football captain at Bonner,” Matt said. "He is studying finance at Notre Dame. He's probably the best student in the family.
"My sisters Kathleen, Colleen (twins) and Patty run for Prendie. Colleen won the Catholic League cross-country championship. They all get good grades. I never run with
them. I couldn't keep up.”