Faces in the Crowd: Phoebus vs. Bethel

Victor Allen sat in the stands at Darling Stadium on Friday, waiting to watch his son Daniel Allen, a senior noseguard for Bethel, and the rest of the Bruins take on the Phoebus Phantoms.

Yet even if his son were not playing, Victor Allen would have been in the same spot.

“I came to this area in 1986, and I’ve been coming out since then,” Allen said. “I come out to all the games, for all the schools.”

His allegiance to Bethel formed early. The 52-year-old and his family live right behind the school, and his daughter has already graduated from the school.

Still, whether Bethel or Hampton, Phoebus or Kecoughtan, Allen finds more enjoyment in high school football than in higher levels of the game.

“High school sports is still true sports,” Allen said. “College is getting too political, and the major league sports too. This is still the true form of the sports, played just for the joy of the game.”

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