By Matt Smith
Haverford High quarterback Jack Donaghy and Marple Newtown receiver Abel Hoff shared their excitement upon learning they would play on the same team at the 40th Delaware County Hero Bowl All-Star Game.
One record-setting quarterback throwing to the county’s single-season reception leader. The possibilities seemed endless.
Fans in attendance at Cardinal O’Hara were in for a treat.
“It’s really fun playing with a quarterback who is that good,” Hoff said. “He deserved every bit of the Delco (Daily Times) Player of the Year. I see tonight why he won, why he is so good.”
Donaghy and Hoff connected right away.
“When we found out we were on the same team, we texted each other back and forth, saying that we were really excited about it,” Donaghy said. “There was almost a built-in chemistry between us in practice, and that sort of carried over into the game.”
Donaghy’s 9 of 13 passing for 208 yards and three touchdowns led the Red team to a 28-23 victory over the Blue squad in Thursday’s Hero Bowl. Donaghy was named offensive MVP of his squad, while Haverford School All-Delco linebacker Mickey Kober earned MVP honors on defense. Taking home the MVP awards for the Blue team were Upper Darby wide receiver Brandon Morton and Penn Wood lineman Jordan Johnson.