Gold powers past Blue 24-14: Trammell’s 96-yard TD pick keys All-Star win

Gold’s David Bowman of Milford scores against Blue defenders in the first quarter during the Blue-Gold All Star football game at the University of Delaware. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

By Tim Mastro

NEWARK — Julian Trammell wanted to do a dance to celebrate his touchdown.

But he couldn’t. He was too tired.

Trammell’s 96-yard interception return for a score helped spark the Gold team to a 24-14 victory over the Blue team on Saturday night in the 63rd annual DFRC Blue-Gold senior all-star football game.

Gold’s Julian Trammell of Caesar Rodney defends against Blue’s Shawn Bowman of Howard.

“I was gassed,” Trammell said. “I was going to do a touchdown dance, but no I couldn’t. It was exciting though. Everybody’s cheering when you go up, you hear the fans then you just run faster to get the touchdown.”

Trammell, a recent Caesar Rodney High grad, won the game’s Most Valuable Player award. He led the Gold defense with two interceptions. That tied the mark for most interceptions in a Blue-Gold game by one player, most recently the feat was accomplished by Logan Wescott of Woodbridge in 2015.

Trammell’s touchdown was a record for the Gold team. It was four short of the game’s record set by Colby Reeder (Salesianum) two years ago for 100 yards.

Smyrna High’s Ty-Key Moore was awarded the game’s Most Outstanding Lineman.

“It feels great to leave Delaware with a win,” Moore said. “We all would goof around this week and had fun with each other every
day.”
The Gold threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for one more.

Gold’s Collin Donaway from Indian River gets a hug from Gold Buddy Justin Haggerty at the Blue-Gold All Star football game at the University of Delaware.

Two Caesar Rodney grads teamed up for a score early in the third quarter. Jared Wagenhoffer lofted a ball on fourth-and-long to tight end Bailey DeAtley who was able to out-jump two Blue defenders in the end zone for a 37-yard touchdown.

Polytech’s Tucker Reed score on a similar play in the final minute of the second quarter. Reed caught a 20-yard pass from Appoquinimink Shane Phipps in the left corner of the end zone over a defender for the go-ahead touchdown.

Milford’s D.J. Bowman provided the final touchdown for the Gold. He scored from four yards out on a direct snap to the running back.

The Gold defense was also led by Smyrna’s Diron Accoo who had an interception while Polytech’s Zion Downing and Woodbridge’s Mike Brewer forced fumbles. Brian Evans of Sussex Central had a fumble recovery.

“It was a great experience,” Trammell said. “It really built friendship. That’s why I love football. Everybody bonds together.”

The Gold win was the last for coach Bill Collick who is retiring as Cape Henlopen’s head coach on June 30 after a 42-year coaching career with stints at Delaware State, Sussex Tech and Cape Henlopen (his alma mater).

Collick got to celebrate his retirement post-game as the Gold players dumped the water cooler over his head as the final seconds ran off the clock.

“We went in there pretty big, strong and physical,” Collick said. “We thought we were faster than them. Our kids really made some plays and it really worked out.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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