Delmar star Angello puts injuries in past, aims to shine for Gold

Delmar’s A.J. Angello is fully healthy after another battle with injuries as a senior. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

NEWARK — A.J. Angello had one chance to play under the bright lights of Delaware Stadium during his career at Delmar High.

But Angello missed that game, like he had most of his junior season, due to a broken arm.

He didn’t feel sorry for himself, though. That was the 2017 state championship, which Angello watched from the sidelines as Delmar celebrated the Division II title.

Despite the fact he couldn’t play, Angello called that day one of the best of his life.

“It was probably one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had,” Angello said. “To see all our fans supporting us under the lights, there’s nothing like that. It was amazing.”

And Angello will be able to suit up in his Delmar helmet after all at Delaware Stadium.

The quarterback is one of two Delmar players who will take part in the Blue-Gold senior all-star game Friday night in Newark. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“It’s great to be able to play on this field,” Angello said. “It’s a little redemption I guess, to get that one final game fully healthy.”

Angello is fully healthy after another battle with injuries as a senior.

History repeated itself in an unfortunate way as Angello had to miss time at the end of the season with an injured ankle. He sat out the final game of the regular season after suffering the injury in Week 9.

The senior did not start at quarterback in each of Delmar’s two playoff games as the Wildcats made it to the semifinals.

Still, despite the late season injury, Angello was able to earn the starting job in preseason.

This came after working his way back from a broken arm, which he suffered in the first game of his junior year.

“It was a lot of rehab and getting strength back in the arm,” Angello said. “I had to keep a positive mindset mentally, just knowing I could get back to be able to play.”

Not only did Angello win the starting job at QB, he also led the Wildcats to victories in all eight of the games he started before he was hurt in the ninth. He was also elected a team captain for his senior season.

Angello found out in December he would be representing the Gold at the 64th annual all-star game, benifiting the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with intellectual disABILITIES.

“It’s an amazing experience to play football and support such a great cause,” Angello said. “Helping all these kids and making friendships is just an amazing week.”

“It’s definitely something I’m going to remember forever,” he added. “I just want to cherish it.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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