By Dillon Friday
For all their clashes on autumn Fridays, one might expect members of the Del Val League to be at each other’s throats whenever they find themselves in close proximity, especially on a football field.
But that’s just not the case. There’s a camaraderie that defines the league, and it was on full display Thursday night as the East All-Star Team (Del Val, Inter-Ac, Catholic leagues and Sun Valley) defeated the West All-Star Team (Central League schools, Delco Christian) 27-7 in the 41st Annual Hero Bowl at Cardinal O’Hara High School.
The chemistry was particularly evident on a defensive line that featured All-Delco players Kenny Ngaima of Penn Wood and Togba Porte of Academy Park.
“It was amazing,” Ngaima said of playing alongside his one-time rivals. “I’ve seen these guys. I’ve argued with these guys. But they’re some of the best players in the county. The Del Val is a tight league. We fell in love with each other at the first practice.”
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