Panthers compete at Wyoming Shrine Bowl

Three Panther graduates compete for North team

Posted 6/17/21

Three Powell High School graduating seniors displayed their talent on a grand stage last weekend. 

Jesse Trotter, Kadden Abraham and Riley Bennett participated in the annual Wyoming Shrine …

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Panthers compete at Wyoming Shrine Bowl

Three Panther graduates compete for North team

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Three Powell High School graduating seniors displayed their talent on a grand stage last weekend. 

Jesse Trotter, Kadden Abraham and Riley Bennett participated in the annual Wyoming Shrine Bowl in Casper on Saturday. They competed for the North team, which fell 34-32 to the South. 

Between building relationships with other players from across the state and having the chance to represent Powell in a statewide game, it was a memorable experience for the trio of Panthers.

“It was a huge honor to represent my hometown and all the people and players that are there,” Trotter said. “Getting to know the other players you always played against was also a really cool experience. You always seem to have something against them when you are playing them in season, but when you are on the same team, you get to know each other and build lifelong friendships.”

Football wasn’t the only meaningful part of the experience: The annual game raises money for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City. While they didn’t make the yearly trip to Utah to meet patients at the hospital, the players did have the chance to interact with a few adolescents who have been positively impacted by the foundation. 

“Hearing the different patients’ stories and how they overcame their disabilities really opens your eyes to the bigger picture,” Trotter said. “It also reminds you of the real reason you are there and why you are competing.”

Though the North didn’t come out on top, it was a perfect way for Trotter, Abraham and Bennett to end their high school football careers. 

“Being able to play one last high school game with some of my teammates is something I won’t ever forget,” Trotter said. “It was the very last chance to play an official game and share the stage as Powell Panthers.”

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