Blue-Gold notes: Bonnie hopes kicking skills can help Gold

Polytech product Mark Bonnie’s kicking and punting skills earned him a spot in the Blue-Gold Game. (Special to the Delaware State News/Jon Lloyd Jr.)

Polytech product Mark Bonnie’s kicking and punting skills earned him a spot in the Blue-Gold Game. (Special to the Delaware State News/Jon Lloyd Jr.)

NEWARK — Mark Bonnie didn’t get the chance to do what he does best very often last football season.

His Polytech High squad went winless in 2015 and didn’t score many points.

That didn’t leave many opportunities for a place-kicking specialist.

But Bonnie’s abilities earned him a spot in the 61st annual Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game.

He’ll be Polytech’s representative in the contest, which is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. in Delaware Stadium.

“With the season we had, getting picked as a kicker/punter is a confidence booster,” said Bonnie. “I was pretty excited.

“If we can get good field position, it will help out the defense. Hopefully I can help us get a win.”

One of the highlights of Bonnie’s senior season was booting a 50-yard field goal against Caesar Rodney. He also threw a 17-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal in the game.

Bonnie, who has earned third-team All-State honors each of the last two seasons, hopes Saturday’s contest will be just the first of many for him at Delaware Stadium. He’s going to Delaware in the fall as a preferred walk-on.

To begin with, the Blue Hens are expected to look at him as a kickoff specialist. Bonnie plans to major in civil engineering at UD.

Busy week for Lake’s Moore

Benjamin Moore admits he hasn’t picked up a football since the fall.

Lake Forest’s Benjamin Moore played in the Blue-White lacrosse game and will suit up for the Gold in Saturday’s Blue-Gold football game. (Special to the Delaware State News/Jon Lloyd Jr.)

Lake Forest’s Benjamin Moore played in the Blue-White lacrosse game and will suit up for the Gold in Saturday’s Blue-Gold football game. (Special to the Delaware State News/Jon Lloyd Jr.)

“We’ll see what happens,” the Lake Forest receiver said with a smile.

Moore has been busy, though.

Just last Tuesday night he was playing in the Blue-White All-Star Lacrosse Game. Milford’s Michael Holstein, a last-minute addition to the football game, is also playing in both contests.

“It’s tough,” said Moore. “I’m going to miss lacrosse. But there’s nothing like football. … It’s an honor (to play in both all-star games).”

Moore was hoping to line up with Lake quarterback Noah Feague-Johnson one more time on the Gold squad. The two were teammates in both football and lacrosse for the Spartans.

But Feague-Johnson had to withdraw from the game because of an injury. With Moore going to Wesley College and Feague-Johnson headed for Salisbury, the two will be on rival teams for the next four years.

“It stinks not having him here but he’s got a big future ahead of him,” said Moore. “It’s better that he just sits this one out. He’s hurt about the whole situation.

“I can’t wait to play against him, it’ll be a good experience. But we’ll always be there for each other.”

Younger Collick back in game

Billy Collick is no stranger to the Blue-Gold game.

This is the fourth time the Cape Henlopen High assistant coach has been involved in the event.

The son of former Delaware State and current Cape head coach, Bill, the younger Collick is excited to be part of this year’s game as a Gold assistant.

“It’s just the experience — what the game’s about, the bond that the players get to share with their buddies,” said Collick, who played in the game in 2003. “It’s got a special meaning.”

Even when he was younger, Collick heard about the connections that are formed by taking part in this game. He said those friendships really do last.

“I still talk to a lot of the guys I played in this game with,” said Collick.

Knight returns as band director

Dover High’s Lenny Knight is back for the sixth consecutive year as the marching band director for the Blue-Gold game.

And he’s promising another good show on Saturday. This year’s theme will be “Journey.”

Every year is a blessing,” Knight said. “I want everyone to look forward to a great show and not just at halftime, in the stands during the game too.”

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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