Gold rallies from 17 down, beats Blue 38-24

Gold’s Jamon Kane wears the special number 4 jersey honoring Woodbridge teammate Troy Haynes as he rushes for a first down during the Blue-Gold football game Friday night at Delaware Stadium. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

NEWARK — A 17-point deficit wasn’t going to stop the Gold team from extending its winning streak in the Blue-Gold senior all-star football game.

The Gold scored 31 unanswered points and shut out the Blue for a 38-24 victory in the 64th annual DFRC Blue-Gold game on Friday night at Delaware Stadium. The Gold has won the last three contests.

It has also won seven of the last nine meetings dating to 2011.

The Gold trailed 24-7 with 35 seconds left in the second quarter but it would not allow another point.

Woodbridge High’s Gabe Wescott got the comeback started with a 72-yard kick return touchdown right before halftime.

“A lot of people in the fans might have gave up on us but we didn’t,” Wescott said. “I knew we needed a spark before the half and that touchdown was big.”

Gold’s Isaiah Barnes of Sussex Central breaks up a pass attended for Blue’s Herman Jones of St. Elizabeth.

That cut the lead to 24-13 and Wescott brought the Gold even closer when he made a one-handed catch for a 24-yard touchdown on a pass from Middletown quarterback Drew Fry.

The Gold took the lead for good on a 3-yard rushing touchdown by Delmar’s Te’Shawn Dennard with 19 seconds left in the third. Brian Benson added to the lead with a 2-yard touchdown with 6:48 left for a 31-24 advantage.

The Gold defense did its part in the second half, forcing three turnovers. Sussex Central’s Isaiah Barnes and Sussex Tech’s Trey Hatfield each recovered fumbles while Caesar Rodney’s Jackson Rall recorded an interception.

“We knew we had to help our offense out,” Barnes said. “We started swarming the ball a little better, making sure everything that went up did not come down.”

Gold’s Rae’Mier Deshields of Laurel reaches for Blue’s Corahn Alleyne of Delaware Military Academy.

Milford’s Rashawn Price sealed it with a 16-yard rushing touchdown to wrap up the scoring with 2:02 remaining. Woodbridge’s Jamon Kane had the other touchdown for the Gold – an 11-yard rush in the first quarter.

The Gold defense did not allow a touchdown for the final 40:56 of game time. Blue’s final two touchdowns of the second quarter each came on interception returns.

“These guys are so resilient,” Wescott said. “They don’t lay down. They always step up and fight back. Easily the most talented group I’ve been a part of.”

The Gold dedicated the victory to Woodbridge quarterback Troy Haynes, currently in Texas battling cancer. Haynes was selected to the game but could not compete due to his treatment.

Every player wore a sticker on their helmet saying “Fight Like 4” Haynes’ number in high school. The four Woodbridge players on the Gold team each wore Haynes’ No. 4 jersey for a quarter.

Gold’s Rashawn Price of Milford looks for an opening during Friday’s Blue-Gold football game.

“They were fighting for Troy,” said Gold coach Dan Candeloro of Caesar Rodney. “The first half wasn’t a great half and we knew we could play better. We told them, ‘You guys want to win for Troy so we got to get a defensive stop and we got to score.’ That’s what happened.”

“We know how bad he wanted to be here so we were going to fight for him,” Barnes said. “We wanted to win it for him.”

Kane took home Most Outstanding Player honors behind 129 rushing yards on 26 carries. Middletown’s Ryan Fields earned the Most Outstanding Lineman award.

Candeloro credited his team for how quickly they were able to come together.

“We saw it the first time we met in January that they bonded from the jump,” Candeloro said. “They came into camp and it was like a family from the first day. Everything was great.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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