Bollinger named to All-State team
As Deven Bollinger sat in class on Thursday, little did he know that he had been named to the all-state football team at the quarterback position. In fact, it wasn’t until later in the evening when his teammate Conner Snyder congratulated him via a text message that Bollinger had any inkling about the honor. Bollinger then took to Twitter to confirm the news that he had garnered the biggest honor of his high school career – so far.
Even with the big season that he had leading Northwestern to the District 11 semifinals, Bollinger thought that being awarded the Times-News Football Player of the Year trophy last week was the end of the high school awards season.
“Coach Snyder talked to me after the season and said that some of the league and district stuff is senior oriented, but he said to possibly look forward to something outside of the league,” explained Bollinger. “Personally, I wasn’t expecting it and it surprised me today. I’m just happy, it’s a good award to have.”
Snyder was right about the advantages of being a senior as the Colonial League gave Bollinger just an honorable mention behind seniors Cole DeFranco of Notre Dame (Green Pond), who was honored with the first team selection and Southern Lehigh’s Logan Edmond, who received the second team honor.
Bollinger threw for 1,998 yards on the season and threw for 30 touchdowns against just three interceptions all season.
He helped the team with his legs as well, finishing second on the team in rushing with 881 yards and another 16 rushing touchdowns. During his junior season, Bollinger took over the top spot on the school’s all-time list for passing yardage in a career.
“I thought he had a chance at the all-state team because of his numbers, and when I looked around at the 4A quarterbacks, I thought Deven was certainly in the running,” said coach Josh Snyder. “You never know how these things will go. I’m really excited for Deven because he was so important to our success this season and he put in the work during the offseason and then just took off when the season started.”
Both Bollinger and Snyder stressed that the honor is only because of the other players on the team that made Bollinger’s job a little easier this season. They both credited the offensive line and the skill position players who helped Bollinger to put up the numbers that he did.
While being an all-state football player is great, Bollinger doesn’t even get bragging rights in the family, because his cousin, Tristan Wheeler, was also named to the all-state team in the 6A classification. Wheeler is a linebacker, who attends Freedom High School.
Bollinger will have the opportunity to become a two-time all-state quarterback and he’s already working on his skills for the 2019 season.
“That’s the goal,” said Bollinger of a repeat. “I’m already back working in the gym and throwing the ball, so it’s a goal. The bigger goals for next year are the team awards for a league championship and a district championship and even go beyond that.”