It’s always good to have a multi-talented player. Bonner-Prendergast has a terrific one in Michael Ockimey, who can play on both sides of the football. Ockimey, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound junior, has been a standout at wide receiver and defensive back.
He has 11 receptions for 216 yards and three touchdown receptions. Defensively, he has three interceptions. He’s been able to make a big difference as a two-way performer.
“I try to run perfect routes,” Ockimey said. “I try to get open. I have a good quarterback, Jim Haley, who does a nice job of getting me the ball. On defense, I try to make as many plays as possible. I like playing wide receiver and defensive back. I’m working as much as I can to get better at both positions.”
It’s no surprise that Ockimey has been able to play some good football. He comes from a sports family. His dad, Michael Ockimey, was a great baseball and basketball player growing up in Darby. Michael’s twin brother, Josh Ockimey, is an All-Catholic League baseball player at Neumann-Goretti. He plays first base for N-G.
“Josh is a really good baseball player,”his brother said. “We talk all the time. I’ve seen him play baseball. I’m really proud of him. We help each other. He gives me good advice.”
Michael Ockimey started his football career playing for the Darby Township Eagles as a defensive linemen and offensive tackle. When he came to Bonner-Prendergast, the coaching staff moved him to wide receiver and defensive back.
Ockimey played a big role in Bonner-Prendergast’s 42-7 win over Conwell-Egan last weekend. He had five tackles and one interception.
“I did most of my work on defense,” he said. “I didn’t catch any passes this game. But this was a good win for us.”
Bonner-Prendergast (3-3 overall, 1-0 league) will visit Cardinal O’Hara (4-3 overall, 0-1 league) on Friday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m.
“This is a big game for us,” Ockimey said. “They’re our big rivals in the Catholic League. We had a great win in our last game. If we can continue to play good football, we’ll be fine.”