In 2008, the last time Hodgson’s Frank Moffett was a head coach in the DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game, a thunderstorm ended the mid-week scrimmage after just five plays.
So Moffett didn’t mind the bright sunshine that sent temperatures soaring into the mid-90s on Wednesday at Tower Hill’s DeGroat Field. With plenty of water breaks mixed in, the Blue team got in its work for Saturday’s 57th annual Blue-Gold game, which kicks off at 7 p.m. at Delaware Stadium. The game benefits the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with intellectual disabilities.
“I think the kids are really coming together as a unit,” Moffett said after a successful 56-yard field goal by Caravel’s Lance Berry capped the workout. “We were able to do some things, move the ball with our running game as well as the passing game. There were a couple of drops here and there, but we’ve got a couple more days to work on that.”
The Blue continued to hone the spread offense Moffett prefers, with Jeff Ziemba of St. Mark’s and Donovan Jackson of Hodgson taking most of the snaps at quarterback.
“They had a lot of energy. They were enthused about today,” Moffett said. “They’re kind of getting over the hump. They know the game is getting closer.”
The team, comprised of 36 of the state’s top high school senior football players, only began practicing Sunday.
“We started off a little rusty, because we were getting used to each other,” said Charter of Wilmington’s Drew Madden, who should see time at safety and quarterback on Saturday. “Once we put the pads on and started hitting, we started bonding together. We have some chemistry now. We’re looking good.”
The players are thrilled to come together and be part of an all-star collection of talent.
“It feels good to get out there and get some hits,” said Tatnall defensive end Brandon Snyder, who had a sack during the scrimmage. “These guys are awesome. If you make a mistake, they pick you up. And off the field, they’re great teammates. We’re having fun and making each other laugh.”
There weren’t many laughs during the contact portions of the scrimmage, but Moffett accomplished his main goal.
“The big thing is, we walked away from this scrimmage with no injuries,” the coach said. “You always worry about that as a coach, when you move up the intensity a little bit.”