While Saturday’s 58th annual DFRC Blue/Gold All-Star Game was one final chance at starring on the high school football stage for some, for others like Polytech’s Jonathan Sadlowski it was an experience he’ll never forget.
The senior offensive lineman/linebacker spent all 4 years on the Polytech Football roster. During that time, the Panthers went a combined 8-32. So, being a part of the Gold’s 22-19 victory over the Blue team in Saturday night’s All-Star Game gave Sadlowski a feeling he didn’t have a lot playing for the Panthers.
“It feels great,” said Sadlowski after Saturday’s win. “Playing for Polytech, we didn’t have many wins so this is the best feeling in the world.”
On Saturday night, the best-of-the-best showcased their skills at Tubby Raymond Field in Newark, Del. A field where reigning Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens cut his teeth playing for the Blue Hens. Playing on that big stage, alongside so many great players that were once opponents wasn’t lost on Sadlowski.
“It was definitely different for sure, everyone’s a great player,” said Sadlowski. “I know the first few days of practice I was like, holy crap these are the best. I just tried to go out there and show what I had.”
While Sadlowski’s name won’t pop-out on a stat-sheet, he did factor into the outcome of Saturday’s game. Playing on the offensive line for the Gold team, Sadlowski was a part of a solid unit that included Darren Helwig of Smyrna who was awarded the Lineman MVP Award.
Sadlowski helped open up holes for Gold running back Donovan Cain who rushed for a game-high 62-yards.
Along with football, Sadlowski was a multi-sport athlete helping lead the Panthers lacrosse squad to a 12-3 record this season and all the way to the State Quarterfinals in the DIAA State Lacrosse Tournament.
Now Sadlowski, like his teammates Saturday night, will be moving on to the next chapter of their lives. For Sadloswki, he hopes to attend the very campus he played on last Saturday night while continuing his other athletic passion.
“I plan on going to University of Delaware for the Associates in Arts program and we’ll go from there,” said Sadlowski. “Also, I’d love to try out for the lacrosse team there.”