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Nick Bona a two-way force for Super Bowl-bound Bishop Fenwick

Fenwick’s Nick Bona (above, left) attempts to deflect a tackle by Pingree’s John Lucey. Above right, he tackles Justin Assad (No. 15) during the second half at Donaldson Stadium Nov. 28.
Fenwick’s Nick Bona (above, left) attempts to deflect a tackle by Pingree’s John Lucey. Above right, he tackles Justin Assad (No. 15) during the second half at Donaldson Stadium Nov. 28.Credit: Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe

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As the final seconds ticked away in host Bishop Fenwick’s 36-27 Thanksgiving Day win over the Pingree School, a referee approached Fenwick head coach Dave Woods.

“He told me he’s done games all over — Xaverian, BC High, Central Catholic — and he said Nick Bona is the best two-way player he’d seen in Eastern Mass,” recalled the 16-year head coach.

I told him, “I’m not going to argue with that.”

Bona has been the rock, and unquestioned leader, of an 11-0 squad that will play Northbridge (9-2) in Saturday’s Division 5 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.

At quarterback, the senior captain has passed for 1,300-plus yards while running for 900 more. At weakside linebacker, he has racked up 198 tackles, breaking his own school record (171) set last fall.

He is only 5-feet-8, 150 pounds.

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