Wescott and Kane dedicate Blue-Gold performances to teammate Troy Haynes

Gold’s Jamon Kane wears the special number 4 jersey as he rushes for a first down. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

NEWARK — Gabe Wescott saved his best touchdown catch for last.

The recently-graduated Woodbridge High receiver reeled in a one-handed touchdown grab from 24 yards out to pull his Gold team to within five points in the third quarter Friday night.

It was the third quarter momentum his team needed as Gold pulled away with the 38-24 comeback win in the 64th annual DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star game at Delaware Stadium.

“The O-line did a great job holding up the front, Drew [Fry] put a perfectly placed ball in there,” he said. “My arm was getting kind of held a little bit, so I stuck out one and it was right in the hand, grabbed it and pulled it in.”

What made it even more special was he did so while wearing Troy Haynes’ No. 4 jersey.

“It was even more special to do that while wearing four, so it was pretty big,” he added.

With Haynes, the former All-State Woodbridge quarterback, missing the game due to his kidney cancer treatment in Texas, the remaining four Woodbridge representatives — Wescott, Jamon Kane, Brock Keeler and Josh Propes — took turns wearing Troy’s No. 4 jersey each quarter.

“I just knew that, while wearing four, how much Troy wanted to be here,” said Wescott. “With what he’s going through right now, it couldn’t have been a more special moment for me. So that pumped me up and energized me throughout the whole game.”

Kane earned the game’s Most Outstanding Player award, rushing for 129 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.

He’s only the second Woodbridge player to earn the game’s Most Outstanding Player award. Dajon Emory won it in 2014.

Wescott finished the game with a pair of touchdowns — the 24-yarder and a 72-yard kickoff return touchdown in the second quarter — and would have been the Most Outstanding Player if it weren’t for his Blue Raider teammate.

While he missed out on the outstanding player award, Wescott was honored with the Outstanding Leadership award during the night’s postgame festivities.

“It was awesome, especially with No. 4 on their chest,” said Keeler. “It was amazing to watch, you can tell that God works in great ways, and I think it showed tonight.”

Keeler and Propes also made plays on defense while donning the No. 4 jersey and thinking of Troy’s ongoing cancer battle.

“To get that win for him is amazing,” said Keeler. “It’s great to just be able to go out there and represent him, get the win for him and just let him know he’s on our minds and he’s here in our hearts.”

“You’re playing inspired football, on top of it being what they do anyway,” said Jed Bell, Woodbridge’s coach and an assistant coach for Gold. “It’s not a surprise at all that those things happened tonight, but it’s still amazing to see at the same time.”

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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