Mickle, Bova still making their mark

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
November 12, 2009

Four years after concluding their Port Allegany High School football careers, two former Gator teammates continue to make their mark both on the gridiron and in the classroom.

Brian Mickle, a senior defensive end at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was one of five Engineers players recently named to the Academic All-District First Team (College Division) for the New England region. The award also places his name on the ballot to be considered for CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine’s Academic All-American squad, which will be announced later this month.

Mickle, a three-year starter for MIT and already a two-time New England Football Conference All-Academic selection, currently carries a 3.80 GPA as a finance major.

A few hours to the west, with one game remaining, Thiel College quarterback Willie Bova has almost completed his assault on the Tomcats’ record book. After throwing for 373 yards — one off his own single-game mark — and four touchdowns to guide the Tomcats to a 38-14 decision over St. Vincent two weeks ago, earning his second Presidents’ Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week award this season and third overall, he followed that performance by racking up another 350 yards through the air in a loss at Waynesburg.

Bova now owns the Thiel career marks for total (5,763) and passing yards (5,415) and completions (472), and should bypass the current record for attempts (854) with his seventh throw in Saturday’s home finale against Grove City.

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