Gold shines in DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star game

Smyrna’s Henderson breaks passing record
June 19, 2017

Smyrna’s Nolan Henderson competed 22 of 33 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns as the Gold All-Stars defeated the Blue squad 44-0 June 17 in the DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star football game at the University of Delaware’s Tubby Raymond Field.

It was the most lopsided loss since 1979, when the Gold team put up the same 44-0 score.

Henderson, who led the Eagles to two straight DIAA Division 1 Championships,  was named game MVP.  He had 19 completions at the halftime break. The previous record was 11.

Glasgow’s Michael Credle caught 10 of Henderson’s passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns. The previous record was seven.

But the Smyrna all-star couldn’t have completed the passes without his offensive line blocking for him, and he gave credit to Cape offensive lineman Robert Mitchell and the rest of the Gold team.

“I had talent all around me,” said Henderson, who will become a Blue Hen in the fall.

Mitchell was Cape’s lone representative in the game, playing right guard for the Gold squad. Cape cheerleader Mari Horsey kept the spirit going with the Gold cheerleaders.

The game was secondary to the love and fellowship between the players and their buddies. Each player has the opportunity to be matched with a “Buddy,” a child or teen between 8 and 18 years of age with an intellectual disability. The player and their buddy hang out together, do activities and become close friends forever.

It was the 62nd annual Blue-Gold game, with all proceeds benefiting programs to help people of all ages with intellectual disabilities in Delaware.