Cape Gazette

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

By Dave Frederick | Jun 24, 2013
Diaz Nardo grabs the jersey of Andre Patton. Patton was game MVP but a case could have been made for Nardo.

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.


Jeremiah Cohen, No. 80, and Diaz Nardo, No. 6, played great on defense as bookend linebackers. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Richard Emerson of Red Lion catches a long pass from Ian Gory on the second play of the game. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Great catch by Malacchi Esdale - ruled trapped when he hit the ground. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Power right. Everyone in the stadium knew No. 6 Diaz Nardo, escorted by two linebackers, was running right for the two-point conversion. Nardo ran the play twice for four points. The Gold team won by three. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Connor Watson and Jeremiah Cohen share a moment just before kickoff. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Diaz and Davey. Davey is wearing his game face. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Jacob Steimel of Lewes and Indian River player Kess Elling. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Cape cheerleader Holly Wartman is heading to Coastal Carolina. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Cape cheerleader Alexis Maull. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Gathered (l-r) are state Rep. Eddie Osienski, D-Newark; Congressman John Carney; and Frank Albero, president of the DFRC Board of Trustees and CFO of Grotto Pizza. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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