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Hero Bowl To Honor Heroes

(credit: Joseph Santoliquito)

(credit: Joseph Santoliquito)

By Joseph Santoliquito

Philadelphia, PA (CBS) — Brian McDermott, a former Harriton football player, was struck by a Delaware State Trooper Friday night and lies in stable condition. The irony is that McDermott’s maternal grandfather was a police officer who was killed in the line of duty.

What’s more is that his family benefitted greatly from a special game that will be played Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Widener University’s Quick Stadium—the 37th annual Hero Bowl, which benefits the families of fallen police officers, fight fighters and EMT workers.

The West All-Stars are comprised of seniors from the Central League, along with Episcopal Academy and Haverford School, and the East All-Stars have seniors from the Del-Val League, Cardinal O’Hara, Monsignor Bonner, Archbishop Carroll and Delco Christian.

“It’s been a great experience; we have a coaching staff of 20 guys and are having a lot of fun with it,” West coach Matt Barr said. “But the kids get what this game is about. I visited Brian in the hospital and his mother told me how much the Hero Bowl scholarship helped her and her family, after they lost their dad. It’s a game that touches a lot of people in many different ways.

“The scholarship helped Brian’s family. The kids get it—we make it really clear from the get-go what the game is about. Everyone is going to play to win the game, but it’s not your typical all-star game. They’re okay looking at something much bigger than themselves.”

Hero Bowl West Roster

Num. / Name / Position / Ht. /  Wt./  School

1 Morgan Chris WR 6’1 185 Haverford School

2 Sydnor Marcus DB 5’10 170 Haverford

3 Korn Eric LB 5’7 165 Harriton

4 Wilson J’Quill DE 6’2 215 Upper Darby

5 Ibargen Teddy LB 6’1 200 Espiscopal

5 Corkery Ryan DB 6’2 185 Garnet Valley

6 Morgan Aaron K 6’0 170 Haverford School

7 Moriarty Pat QB 6’2 180 Harriton

8 Brown Kenny DB 6’1 195 Harriton

9 Strouss Adam QB 6’3 200 Episcopal

10 Durkin Eddie QB 6’0 180 Haverford

12 Crowley Michael WR 5’9 160 Ridley

14 Trusty Kevin WR 6’0 175 Penncrest

15 Washington Darren RB 6’7 165 Ridley

16 Vegso Joseph DB 6’2 185 Marple Newtown

17 Bennett Jordyn Slot 5’11 160 Garnet Valley

20 Rushton Matt DB 5’11 185 Episcopal

21 Smyth Dan DB 6’0 185 Springfield

21 Van Horn Ryan LB 6’1 220 Garnet Valley

22 Smoluk Michael DB 5’11 165 Ridley

24 Mathis Hannibal DB 6’0 185 Haverford School

25 Valentine Juwan Slot 5’8 165 Harriton

26 Pendleton Earnest Slot 5’11 180 Lower Merion

29 Howie Tevon RB 6’1 180 Strath Haven

30 Murphy Rob RB 5’8 170 Springfield

32 Dougherty Michael LB 5’11 205 Springfield

33 McLaughlin Matt LB 6’3 210 Episcopal

40 Coia Rich DL 5’8 185 Ridley

41 Harris Tyler LB 5’10 190 Ridley

44 Dogherty Shane LB 6’0 200 Ridley

45 Quin PJ DL 6’3 245 Penncrest

50 Sinex Matt OL 6’2 250 Ridley

51 Donoghue Matt OL 6’4 290 Garnet Valley

54 Cosgrove Dan OL 5’11 225 Penncrest

55 King John LB 5’10 210 Radnor

56 Elf Steve LB 5’11 215 Garnet Valley

57 Burgese Donte OL 6’1 225 Garnet Valley

58 Gade Mike OL 6’4 240 Springfield

58 Kirlin Pete DL 6’3 240 Haverford

60 Power Corey DL 6’3 240 Marple Newtown

62 Marra Vincent OL 6’1 215 Springfield

65 Plousis Steve OL 6’2 220 Ridley

66 Cavanaugh Jeremy DL 6’0 215 Springfield

71 Wright Avery OL 6’3 310 Upper Darby

72 Staples Michael DL 6’3 250 Radnor

75 Graham Edward OL 6’0 235 Marple Newtown

82 Hamilton Craig TE 6’6 215 Marple Newtown

88 Durham Cameron P/Athl 5’9 180 Springfield

89 Sherry Kevin TE 6’5 210 Strath Haven

Head Coach: Matt Barr (Harriton)

Assistants: Dennis Decker (Ridley), Mike Murphy (Haverford School), Joe Gallagher (Haverford), John Anderson (Ridley), Todd Fairlie (Episcopal), Mike Amalfitano (Haverford), Tom Ryan (Radnor), Tom Kline (Springfield), Scott Williams (Harriton), Mike Willard (Harriton), Kevin DiPoalo (Springfield), Dan Milewski (Haverford).

Hero Bowl East Roster

1 Broach Corey WR 6’1 165 Penn Wood

2 Nicholson Darrell RB 5’8 185 Chester

3 Street Tyler QB 6’0 175 Academy Park

4 Croyle Shawn P 5’10” 170 Glen Mills

5 Ringgold Richard DB 5’2 121 Penn Wood

6 Rentos Nick QB 5’9 165 Interboro

7 Gonwoe Goanmon LB 5’9 172 Penn Wood

8 Quiah Austin DB 5’8 150 Interboro

10 Chambers Breyon WR 5’8 145 Chester

12 McCloskey Alexander LB 6’0 175 Interboro

13 Hunter Leon WR 6’1 190 Sun Valley

14 Allen Warren RB 6’0 170 Interboro

15 Hargrove Earl WR 6’2 185 Academy Park

16 Bello Sal QB 6’1″ 180 Archbishop Carroll

17 Byrd Vlenale WR 6’2 165 Chichester

20 Clayton Juwan DB 5’5 160 Chester

21 Cheatham Alex DB 5’9″ 170 Glen Mills

22 Duncan Tahjee LB 5’8 155 Chester

23 Favino Caleb RB 5’8 162 Delco Christian School

24 Morrison-DeVito Lewis LB 5’11 200 Academy Park

25 Thompson Khalil DB 5’8″ 145 Chester

26 Dunbar Tarron WR 5″11″ 195 Cardinal O’Hara

28 Whitaker Hakim DB 5’6 145 Academy Park

30 Fentress Rashon TE 6’3 215 Interboro

32 DeMaio Joseph DB 5’11” 185 Cardinal O’Hara

33 Griffin Dan RB 5’10” 170 Sun Valley

35 Simmons Christian DB 6’5 180 Interboro

36 Dickerson Dan WR 6’0 175 Interboro

40 Moriconi Nicholas LB 5’11” 190 Cardinal O’Hara

41 Harvey Evan LB 6’0″ 200 Archbishop John Carroll

44 Cleveland Deion LB 6’1″ 225 Glen Mills

45 Nyemah Corbyn TE 6’1 225 Chichester

50 Hurtado Jon OL 5’10 165 Interboro

51 Burke Roger DL 5’9 200 Chichester

54 Murtagh Dan OL 5’9 195 Chichester

55 France Ryan OL / C 6’0″ 215 Sun Valley

56 Rideout Donte DL 6’2 215 Academy Park

58 Dill Diquan DL 6’0 195 Chester

60 Fulton Vaughn DL 5’10” 265 Sun Valley

64 Dinnella Tyler OL 5’11” 210 Cardinal O’Hara

65 Seng Derrick OL / C 5’10” 225 Sun Valley

70 McCloud Khari DL 6’1 240 Academy Park

71 Christaldi Mike K / P 6’0 205 Interboro

72 Timbers James OL 5’9″ 250 Glen Mills

72 Warren Michael DL 5’11 210 Academy Park

74 Cervella Carmen OL 6’1″ 285 Cardinal O’Hara

75 Young Devin DL 6’5″ 285 Monsignor Bonner

Head Coach: Troy Brooks (Penn Wood)

Assistant coaches: Brandon Borst (Glen Mills), Paul Dixon (Glen Mills), Dahnte Crawley (Penn Wood), Dan Madonna (Penn Wood), Joe Powel (Arch. Carroll), Jason Vosheski (Academy Park), Ryan Smith (Chichester), Sal Oropollo (Academy Park), Vic Buono (Interboro), Vincent Harrington (Penn Wood), Mike Ewing (Academy Park).

Joseph Santoliquito is a contributing sports blogger for CBS Philly.

 

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