Henderson leads Gold to victory in annual Blue-Gold game

NEWARK – Recent Smyrna High School graduate Nolan Henderson will be playing his home games at University of Delaware’s football stadium next fall as a member of the Blue Hens.

In order to prepare himself, Henderson played one last game as a high schooler at Delaware Stadium.

In the 62nd annual DFRC Blue-Gold game Saturday night, Henderson served as starting quarterback for the Gold team and helped lead the squad to a 44-0 victory over the Blue squad.

“It was a great week,” Gold head coach Mike Judy said. “They did a tremendous job coming together as a group off the field just as much as they did on the field. They are all great players, but these are great young men too. They were rivals during the year, but then they were able to come together as a team so quick.”

Henderson, who earned the game’s Most Outstanding Player Award, threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns in the win to cap his illustrious high school career. His three touchdowns tied the Blue-Gold record, and his 20 completions broke the Blue-Gold record.

On Gold’s first drive, Henderson threw an interception. But he came back out and drove the team down the field for the game’s first touchdown two possessions later.

Caesar Rodney’s Najee Whitted ran the ball in for the team’s first touchdown with 3:40 to play in the opening quarter.

Two possessions later, Henderson threw a 28-yard touchdown to Dover’s John Castro to extend the lead to 14-0.

Henderson threw a pair of touchdowns to Glasgow’s Michael Credle in the second quarter to put Gold ahead 28-0. Credle finished the game with 10 catches, a new Blue-Gold game record.

A lightning delay struck with :33 left in the first half. Though the delay lasted for nearly two hours and the game didn’t resume until nearly 10 p.m., the Gold team’s offensive attack didn’t slow down.

Two more Gold touchdowns in the second half of play handed coach Judy’s team a 44-0 victory.

Linebacker Jordan Marvel represented Sussex Tech on the Gold roster.

Timothy Jones and Christian Moore represented Sussex Central and Griffin McCormick represented Indian River.

Marvel had missed his senior season in the fall due to a knee injury, but still managed to earn a spot on the Gold roster to suit up as a high schooler one final time.

“We are really proud of them, this was a blast,” coach Judy said. “I’ll remember these guys forever.”

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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