By Terry Toohey
Penn Wood’s Rahiem Bowens is as known for his colorful accessories as he is for his considerable talent on the football field.
The All-Delco defensive back likes to wear shoes and matching gloves that stand out in a crowd, and that won’t change in Thursday’s Hero Bowl at Cardinal O’Hara.
“I’m going to bring a little something Thursday night,” Bowens said. “I’ll have some cleats with a bright red in it, kind of like a bandanna theme.”
That’s interesting since Bowens is playing for Team Blue against Team Red in the 42nd annual Delaware County high school all-star football game. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. and kickoff is slated for 7:30. At halftime there will be an all-star 4 x 400-meter relay featuring some of the top senior runners in the county.
Tickets are $5, and all proceeds benefit the Hero Scholarship Fund of Delaware County, Inc., which provides scholarship assistance for the children of police officers, fire fighters and emergency services personnel who have died in the line of duty.
Penn Wood’s Ato Troop is the head coach for Team Blue, which consists of schools from the Del Val League plus Sun Valley, Cardinal O’Hara, Bonner & Prendergast and The Haverford School. This is Troop’s first time coaching in the county all-star game.
“Anytime you have a chance to coach football, especially when it’s for a good cause, it’s a good thing,” Troop said. “It means that much more. Plus, it’s the last game in high school for these guys, and you get to send them off with a good experience.”
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