It’s not often Kittanning boasts a player mentioned among the WPIAL’s best. But that’s what you have with Bowers, who has added 25 pounds since last season. He plays receiver in Kittanning’s no-huddle offense and caught 53 passes a year ago for a school-record 846 yards. He rushed for 314 yards on 48 attempts and also led the team in tackles from his linebacker spot. He helped Kittanning to its first undefeated regular season since 1976. With a number of starters back from last year, things are looking good again at Kittanning. This will be the final year of the school. It will close in June and merge with Ford City to form Armstrong High School. Bowers’ father, Brad, is a Kittanning assistant and Brad’s brother, Curt, was the quarterback on the 1976 team.
Division I college players who have come from Kittanning have been few and far between. But Bowers accepted a scholarship to Pitt in late January. Bowers was recruited to play tight end. Kittanning doesn’t have a tight end in its offense, so instead Bowers plays receiver. You don’t see many 6-foot-4, 240-pound receivers in the WPIAL. Purdue and Temple also had offered scholarships and a few other Division I schools were showing interest before Bowers committed to Pitt.
Our questions, his answers
Is tight end your best position? Well, we don’t use a tight end, but I think it is probably my best position. Or maybe defensive end.
Kittanning will close after this school year. What does that mean to this team’s season? I think it means a lot and makes this season have more meaning than any other at the school. It’s the last year for Kittanning football. Plus, we play Ford City our last game this year.
After last year, what does this team talk about? We definitely do not talk that much about last year. We kind of avoid talking about that playoff game [57-42 first-round loss to Yough]. We definitely talk about the playoffs this year and getting that first playoff win [for Kittanning since 1975].
Your father is an assistant coach. Is it good and bad having your father coach you? I think it’s mostly good. He’s coached me since I was 6. He moved up with me every year. It’s been a pretty good journey. I don’t have anything bad to say about him unless he gets on me.
Most parents just don’t understand what about high school kids? That’s a tough question because your parents were kids at one time, too. I’d say they need to just lay off a little bit during school.
People might be surprised to know … I like comic books. I love them. I probably like Batman the best.
And finally ...
It’s a Saturday night, what does a high school kid in Kittanning do for fun? Oh my gosh, in Kittanning? You know, it’s a pretty small town. I guess you just call your friends and see what they are doing. There’s not much to do here.
So there’s no popular hangout? Not in Kittanning. You need to just call somebody.