Dover QB Harris fired up for 61st annual Blue-Gold Game Saturday

Gold quarterback and Dover High product Triston Harris (13, left) describes tonight’s annual Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game as “definitely important. There’s great athletes out here on both teams and we’re out here to compete. A lot of competition will be there. The better team will come out with the win. It’s all about how you want to be remembered.” (Delaware State News file photo)

Gold quarterback and Dover High product Triston Harris (13, left) describes Saturday’s annual Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game as “definitely important. There’s great athletes out here on both teams and we’re out here to compete. A lot of competition will be there. The better team will come out with the win. It’s all about how you want to be remembered.” (Delaware State News file photo)

NEWARK — Putting together a football team usually takes months.

But the Blue and Gold all-star squads had just a week to get their offenses up and running.

Dover High’s Triston Harris, one of the Gold’s quarterbacks, is just glad his team will be running a spread attack.

“Learning a new offense in a week is definitely tough,” he said. “But it’s nothing I’m not used to. I’m kind of comfortable with the spread offense — keep it simple, run a few plays, make sure everyone knows their assignments and we’ll be good.”

The two squads will get to see the results of their week of practice Saturday night when the 61st annual Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game is played at Delaware Stadium in Newark.

Kickoff has been moved up an hour from its traditional start, with pre-game activities beginning at 5 p.m. and the contest itself slated for 6 p.m.

The event benefits the DFRC, which enriches the lives of Delawareans with intellectual disABILITIES.

A year ago, the Blue edged the Gold, 8-6, to snap the Gold’s four-game winning streak in the event. Both teams scored touchdowns in the final two minutes with the Blue stopping the Gold’s two-point conversion attempt with just 22 seconds remaining.

Kent and Sussex County players play for the Gold squad, which also includes recently-graduated seniors from as far north as Newark.

Even players who are going to continue their careers in college want to go out with a victory in their last high school game. Dover’s Harris is walking on at Towson.

“It’s definitely important,” he said. “There’s great athletes out here on both teams and we’re out here to compete. A lot of competition will be there on Saturday. The better team will come out with the win.

“It’s all about how you want to be remembered.”

“We’re out here to have fun but nobody wants to come out here and lose,” said Caesar Rodney’s Brian Lewis.

Points were clearly difficult to come by in last year’s contest. But Middletown’s Mark DelPercio, the Gold head coach, said it’s difficult to predict how things will go on game night.

This week he planned to platoon his players in practice — keeping them only on offense or on defense — to simplify things.

“Come Saturday, everybody’s a competitor,” said DelPercio, who’s a head coach in the game for the third time. “We’re going to keep in mind the big picture and what this is all about. But, at the end of the day, they want to go out on Saturday and win a game.

“It’s always a challenge because you only have a week. One thing we’re doing that’s a little bit unique is keeping guys — for the most part — on just one side of the ball. That will increase their playing time but it will also help us out in terms of organization and getting things implemented faster. You’re not spending half the time practicing on one side of the ball.”

The Gold has won nine of the last 16 games. On the other hand, the Blue still leads the all-time series 31-26-3.

The last time Smyrna’s four Gold representatives played a game in Delaware Stadium, last December, they walked out as Division I state champions.
While today’s game isn’t as big, those Eagles want to finish their high school careers as winners.

“We’re going to come out ready to compete,” said receiver Donte Ritchie. “We’re going to come out heavy, try to play fast and have fun. I’m excited to play with all these guys in a special game.”

“This is supposed to be the best week of your life from what I’ve heard,” said receiver Brandon Bishop. “To play with these guys from my team and even guys from different teams has made this experience really awesome. We really want to represent well on Saturday.”

Extra points

Lake Forest receiver Ben Moore isn’t expected to play tonight after being injured during practice early in the week. … Several awards were given out during the Blue-Gold banquet on Friday night. The winners include: Lions Club Award-Joseph Anderson (Gold), Indian River, Kyle Cathers (Blue) Salesianum; Jeff & Denny Schwartz Band Award-Samantha Sullivan, color guard, Caravel; Bob Carpenter Memorial Award-Anna Phillips, Conrad; Outstanding Cheerleader-Miranda Caguin (Gold), Middletown, Marissa Holmburg (Blue), St. Mark’s; Jim Williams Award-Isiah Mitchell (Gold), Middletown; Dom Trotta (Blue), William Penn; Barb & Winnie Spence Hand-in-Hand Award-Joseph Anderson (Gold), Indian River, Ben Revak and Connor Dennewitz (Blue), Archmere.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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