Smyrna duo hope to toast a Gold win Saturday night

Hunter Moyer of Smyrna joining his Gold teammates for lunch under Delaware Stadium seats last Sunday. Moyer, a member of the All-State first team, said a lot of his success is due to the dirty work of teammate Mikey Carrow. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

By Tim Mastro

NEWARK — Mikey Carrow provided the brute force while Hunter Moyer gave the Smyrna High football team the speed and quickness on the defensive line last season.

The two seniors will look to do the same for the Gold team.

Carrow and Moyer will both suit up on the defensive line for the Gold squad in tonight’s Blue-Gold senior all-star game which kicks off tonight at 6 p.m. at Delaware Stadium in Newark.

Carrow played defensive tackle for the Eagles. Moyer was a defensive end.

Mikey Carrow of Smyrna talking to teammate Hunter Moyer.

Carrow’s job was to soak up double teams and create gaps for Moyer to fly through and make tackles.

“I try to do it all and he gets all the glory,” Carrow said laughing. “It’s nice. I would take on two blocks, I don’t care, whatever helps us win.”

Moyer, a member of the All-State first team, said a lot of his success is due to the dirty work of Carrow.

“We call him Poppa Bear,” Moyer said. “He’s in the center of it all and letting us do the work around him.”

The two have shared many things over the last four years — a spot on the defensive line at Smyrna and three consecutive Division I state championships.

They’ve been sharing someone else the last few months.

Carrow and Moyer each have the same buddy as part of the Blue-Gold game’s hand-in-hand program which partners the players with a person 4-18-years-old who has an intellectual disability.

Their buddy is J.J., a 10-year-old from Smyrna. They’ve spent many days with J.J. going to Grotto Pizza as part of their hangouts.

“My buddy is awesome,” Carrow said. “My man loves Grottos. He goes crazy in that arcade room.”

“He’s wild I love it,” Moyer said. “He’s so out-going and has no problem coming up and talking to you. He loves going to Grottos and playing on the dinosaur video games. He’s a trip man, he’s funny.”

The hand-in-hand program is what makes this all-star game, now in its 63rd year, so special Moyer said.

“It’s amazing because that’s what I think what football is all about,” Moyer said. “When you’re out there playing, you’re not playing just for yourself. You’re playing for your community, representing your school and it’s an honor to come out here and play for all these young kids in the hand-in-hand program.”

Moyer is headed to play football at Salisbury University. Carrow will play baseball for Wilmington University next year.

The duo is joined by three other players from Smyrna. Ty-Key Moore is the Gold’s center while offensive lineman Brent Young and Diron Accoo were late additions to the squad.

“I’ve been looking forward to strapping up with my boys again,” Moyer said. “I’ve had such a strong bond with my teammates. That bond you have with your brothers is really unbreakable.”

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