May 16, 2013
Port Allegany lineman Victor Bandish was a force on both sides of the ball for the Gators last fall, finishing second on the team in tackles on defense and helping the offense shatter multiple district and state records during Port’s run to the PIAA Class A semifinals.
An Allegheny Mountain League All-Star who also garnered honorable mention on the Pennsylvania Football News Class A All-State Team, Bandish is the fifth Gator to accept an invitation to play in the 40th annual Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic on Aug. 3 in Bradford.
Following up on a junior season which saw him lead the team with five sacks and three fumble recoveries, the 5-foot-11, 210-pound defensive end was at his best in the playoffs as a senior, recording a team-high 11 tackles (including two for loss) and forcing a fumble against Clarion in the District 9 championship game, then notching 12 more stops against Sharpsville.
“We made a great statement, showing them that we actually can play defense and that we’re underrated. We showed them that we play pass pretty well, we play run pretty well,” he said after the Clarion game.
Per the Raabe Classic press release, Bandish’s greatest football thrill was “that family feeling he got playing ball with the great people that made up the 2012 Gators team. Playing in the Raabe Big 30 is a chance to keep that fire burning a little bit longer and a little bit brighter.”
Victor, a Philadelphia Eagles fan, plans to enroll at Pitt-Bradford as a pre-med major.