Proud McCray first Blue-Gold player from First State Military Academy

Treyvon McCray starts his pass pattern during Gold team football practice Thursday at Milford. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

NEWARK — When Treyvon McCray steps onto the field tonight, he’ll be making some history.

McCray is the first player from First State Military Academy to be selected to the Blue-Gold senior all-star football game.

The game is in its 64th edition. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at the University of Delaware’s Delaware Stadium in Newark and pregame festivities begin at 6 p.m.

And McCray will always be able to tell people he was the first to wear the First State Military helmet, suiting up for the Gold team tonight.

“I’m ready to let people know we’re on the map now,” McCray said.

“I’m honored to be the first,” McCray added. “I’m excited and just ready to play.”

McCray knows most of the fans in attendance tonight have problem never heard of First State Military, a newer school located in Clayton. Home games are played at Kesselring Turf Field in Dover. So he’s trying to do what he can to bring some attention to the small school.

Treyvon McCray practices with the Gold team.

He helped this past season as the Bulldogs earned their first victory at the varsity level.

Their first year as a varsity program was in 2017 and they finished 0-9. Most of those games weren’t even close, First State Military lost eight of its nine contests that year by a combined 320 points.

But the Bulldogs started off this year with a 14-12 win over Red Lion Christian, a team they lost to by 36 points a year earlier.
First State Military ended up winning its first three games and finished with a 3-6 record.

Bulldog coach Blair Newman is on the Gold coaching staff this year, another first for the program. He said McCray’s leadership was important to the team’s growth.

“He’s a good athlete but he’s a great kid,” Newman said. “He’s very respectful and works hard in the classroom. He’s a great representation of our program.”

McCray is originally from Florida and moved to Dover during high school.

He said he wanted something different than the usual public high school experience. While he doesn’t plan on going into the military, he said he liked how First State Military mixed that aspect into its academics.

“I just wanted to try something new from going to public school,” McCray said. “I’m used to public school so I wanted to see what this was like and I ended up liking it.”

Newman nominated McCray for the Blue-Gold game after the season and was able to deliver the good news a couple of months ago.

Newman, a Caesar Rodney High grad, also played for the Gold team in 2005. The head coach of the Gold this year is CR’s Dan Candeloro, who was an assistant coach at Caesar Rodney when Newman was on the team. Newman was also an assistant at Caesar Rodney under Candeloro before taking the First State Military job.

Treyvon McCray tries to break a tackle after a reception during Gold team football practice Thursday in Milford.

“Just to be a new football program and actually take part in this is so fun for the kids,” Newman said. “To be able to coach with Candy again is definitely fun. He’s a great coach and a great friend.”

For McCray, he’s looking forward to see how he stacks up against some of the other athletes in the state that he might not normally play against during the regular season.

“I like competition,” McCray said. “I know there’s a lot of competition up here.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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