The Gold squad shines to victory

By Gianna Banner 4:27am, June 23, 2013 - Updated 4:47am, June 23, 2013
VIDEO: Blue Gold All Star Football Game highlights and reactions
The top Delaware high school seniors took the field one last time padded up in the 58th Annual DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game on Saturday night.

The football players, cheerleaders, and volunteers shared hugs and support with their buddies, who they've spent time with all week, right before kickoff.

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Although the Blue team scored early on, the Gold squad battled back for a 22-19 victory.

A safety plus an Adam Szczerba field goal put Blue ahead 5-0 with 7:36 left in the opening quarter.

The Gold team would score late in the second, when Dover's quarterback Ian Gory threw a five yard touchdown to Appoquinimink's Malacchi Esdale to lift Gold 6-5.

Before the break, Cape Henlopen's Diaz Nardo runs in the end zone for a two-point conversion to give Gold an 8-5 lead at halftime.

In the third, Salesianum's Jesse June of the Blue squad, intercepted a Gory pass, and June rushed it all the way for a touchdown.

The Gold team goes back on top, when Sussex Central's James Booth catches a rocket in the end zone to give the down state team the 14-12 edge.

Blue was down 22-12, when St. E's Andre Patton ran up the middle for a rushing touchdown with more than seven minutes left. But it wouldn't be enough, as Gold ran the clock. Patton received the MVP Award for the game.

Gold's Darren Helwig of Smyrna won the Lineman Award for the game.

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