Troy Stewart always has longed for a chance to be coached by his hero.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound tight end-linebacker who starred for four years at Archbishop Carroll concludes his high school career Friday at the Interhigh all-star football game (7:30 p.m., Eastern High School). That night he will get his first, and last, opportunity to play for his father.

"It's the greatest honor for me. He's always been like God in my eyes," Stewart said, referring to his father, Willie, the Anacostia coach who leads the East squad. "I've played against him several times and we {Carroll} won each game, but this is the ultimate."

Troy Stewart is playing in this game because the Interhigh League extends invitations each year to the three Metro Conference schools located in the District. While seven Carroll players will suit up for the Stewarts' East team, several athletes from St. John's and Gonzaga will play for the West, coached by Wilson's Horace Fleming.

"We've had this idea for several years," said Frank Parks, coordinator for Friday's game and executive director of the D.C. Coaches Association. "They have their own all-star game, but sponsors always ask if Metro schools are taking part. It really benefits the kids who didn't get to play in the {Metro} game."

Willie Stewart, who has coached at Anacostia seven years, agrees: "The boys are all happy. Many of them live in the same neighborhood, so they've played all their lives against each other. It'll be interesting."

This is not the first time Troy Stewart has been an integral part of a game coached by his father.

"When I coached at Eastern, Troy was a little Rambler," Stewart said with a laugh. "He was only five and was already a mascot, leading the players out onto the field and through their exercises."

Stewart has coached Anacostia to Interhigh championships in 1988 and '89. He is excitable -- and demanding -- on the sidelines when one of his players doesn't play up to par. And if one of those players is Troy?

"My wife, Anita, has already warned me not to yell at my son in public," Stewart said. "She doesn't want me to embarrass him."

Is Troy worried?

"The all-star game is for fun," he said. "There won't be any yelling."

Even though Troy Stewart spent his prep career at Carroll, following his mother's recommendation, he still took his father's coaching advice to heart -- and occasionally gets a shrill reminder in his ears. A game against arch rival DeMatha during his freshman year stands out.

"I was playing cornerback and they were driving around midfield," Stewart said. "I could hear my dad clearly from the stands, 'Watch the deep pass!' The next play, the quarterback threw deep. Luckily the receiver dropped the ball.

"I've followed every piece of advice he's had since."

Willie Stewart is proudest of his son's future: a football scholarship to Richmond along with Carroll teammate Rod Boothes.

"He's not far away from home, so we can follow his progress," said Stewart. "Plus it's great for him academically, he's always done well in school," retaining membership in the National Honor Society since grade school.

While most sons merely tossed a football with their dads, Troy Stewart learned the game. Friday night he can show his father what he's mastered.

"I see when he gets that look in his eye," Troy Stewart said, "when he's saying to himself, 'That's my boy.' I think he sees a little of himself in me. I can't wait for this chance."