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Ballenilla played in all 10 games as a sophomore and recorded 11 sacks, by far the highest total on the team. Ballenilla was also third on the defense in tackles with 49. He forced two fumbles, and also recovered one.
Ballenilla was a standout for Wilby High School. As a senior, he was chosen to play in the "Super 100" high school all-star game at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. He was an All-City and All-Brass defensive lineman in the NVL for the Wildcats.
Now he's one of the leaders of the WCSU defense.