Polytech products aiming for Gold success

Gold players from Polytech include Tucker Reed (5) and Zion Downing (far left), joining a group of players at Media Day. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

NEWARK — Polytech High’s Tucker Reed and Doug Reed like to talk some good-natured trash when they’re out on the football field.

But the cousins don’t do it to the other team, it’s directed toward each other.

Gold player Doug Reed of Polytech.

“We always try to one-up each other,” Tucker Reed said. “When we’re on the field we’ll be talking like, ‘Oh I’m going to get this before you.’ It’s just fun playing with my cousin because there’s always competition which makes us better together.”

“It’s just straight competition,” Doug Reed said. “He’ll one-up me so I’ll try to get him back. It doesn’t matter if it’s on offense or defense, I know I got to make a play. It makes the game a lot of fun.”

The cousins will have one more chance to share the field and try to one-up each other Saturday night.

The Reeds are two of three Polytech players competing in the 63rd annual Blue-Gold senior all-star football game. Kickoff is 6 p.m. Saturday at Delaware Stadium in Newark.

They were originally the only two Polytech players on the Gold squad up until two Saturdays ago when Zion Downing was a late addition.

Downing was sent an email by Polytech coach Kevin Smith — an email he did not read until his mother called him telling him he had to read it immediately.

Gold receiver Mike Brewer of Woodbridge hangs onto Polytech’s Zion Downing after he intercepted a pass during Wednesday’s practice. Milford’s Dave Bowman closes in from behind the play.

“I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ I don’t normally check my e-mail that much,” Downing said. “So I went online and it says congratulations, I didn’t know what to expect so I scrolled down and it said I was selected. I was just jumping up and down with a grin on my face. Just pure joy.”

The three seniors were all at the forefront of a turnaround season for the Polytech program.

The Panthers went 6-4 on the season which was highlighted by a five-game winning streak, the longest such streak in the last 10 years for the school. The trio had suffered through a combined 1-19 record the two years prior to its senior season.

The Reeds were the primary wide receivers and kick returners for the Panthers. Downing also played wide receiver and safety.

If one Reed cousin scored a touchdown or forced a turnover, he would be sure to remind the other what happened.

Dan Candeloro of Caesar Rodney, left, and Gold head coach Bill Collick of Cape Henlopen getting the Gold team ready for practice drills at Milford.

“In the huddle it’s like O.K. I got that play then you get the next one,” Doug Reed said. “We’ll see who the one that scores or makes a big play is.”

Tucker Reed said he is likely attending Tennessee Tech next year where he plans to walk-on to the football team. Doug Reed is spending a semester at Fort Union Military Prep before going to Virginia, where he would like to continue playing football.

Downing is staying local as he has committed to play for Wesley College.

But they have one final game as Panthers before all those future plans.

“It’s really exciting and I’m glad I got picked,” Tucker Reed said. “It’s a real honor out of all the people and great players in the state of Delaware to be chosen for this game.”

“It’s a pretty big stadium and there’s going to be a lot of people here so I can’t wait to showcase what I can do,” Downing said. “It’s a great opportunity. I got it late but regardless it’s great to be here.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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