Best 10 minutes in Delaware sports: The Blue Gold run-up to kickoff

Diaz Nardo grabs the jersey of Andre Patton. Patton was game MVP but a case could have been made for Nardo.
June 24, 2013

The best 10 minutes in Delaware sports occurs at the annual Blue Gold All-Star game at Delaware Stadium when buddies from the hand-in-hand program hit the field seeking out their players who do the same thing. It is a randomly orchestrated chaotic love-in to the accompaniment of “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand” music.

Diaz Nardo of Cape found his buddy Davey Frederick and a group of photographers found them both. Other players joined in for larger group shots; it was crazy inspirational stuff that football people just love.

Jeremiah Cohen of Cape was with buddy Connor Watson, both flashing big smiles. Connor is a veteran of the game and seemed at ease, and Davey is used to hugs and photos on fields, having celebrated six Cape state championships with his oldest sister, Anna.

Jacob Steimel of Lewes was also a buddy in the game to Indian River lineman Kess Elling.

The game was won by the Gold team 22-19 as outstanding Henlopen Conference players were all over the highlight reel.

Diaz Nardo and Jeremiah Cohen of Cape played end/linebacker positions on the outside on the defensive side.

Nardo left his mark on the game playing defense, punting, running a pair of two- point conversions, gaining two yards on a crucial fourth down on the final clock- killing drive and intercepting a pass and returning it 36 yards to the Blue 2-yard line where it resulted in a touchdown run by Delmar’s Cory Mattox.

“Nardo was a beast in camp and in the game,” said head coach of undefeated Saint Georges Tech J.D. Maull “I’m a Cape grad, so he made me proud.”

Nardo looks like he could start somewhere for the Delaware Blue Hens football team right now. Diaz is already an admitted student coming to campus on a baseball scholarship.

Butch Booth of Sussex Central caught a third-quarter touchdown pass from Ian Gory of Dover. Gory also completed a first-half touchdown pass to Malacchi Esdale of Apooquinimink.

The Gold team roster includes players from schools below the C & D Canal and also Christiana, Glasgow, Newark and Red Lion.

Blue leads the series 30-25.  About 8,200 fans attended the game.