This Saturday, the best senior football players from around the state will take to Tubby Raymond Field at the University of Delaware for the 63rd DFRC Blue/Gold All-Star Football Game.
The annual all-state game pits the blue team against the gold team, with the cut-off being the canal near Middletown; the blue team features players north of the canal, while the gold team is made up of players south of the canal.
While the game and everything leading up to are special moments for the players playing in their final high school football game, the contest also features some of Delaware’s best football minds manning the sidelines alongside players they’ve helped mold over their high school careers.
The gold team will be led by longtime Cape Henlopen Football Coach, Bill Collick, who has a deep rooted history with the game of football in Delaware. Collick coached at Delaware State University as the defensive coordinator and later as head coach where he left as the program’s winningest coach.
Collick would move onto high school football, coaching as Sussex Tech before spending the last 10 seasons at Cape Henlopen where he retired from coaching after the 2017 football season.
Coaching his final high school game, Coach Collick looked to fellow Henlopen Conference coaches to fill his Blue/Gold staff including Dover Head Coach Rudy Simonetti.
“I was humbled when Coach Collick asked me and I’m looking forward to working with them,” Simonetti said. “Obviously, we’ve already started the planning process and they are a great group of guys to work with.”
Simonetti wrapped up his second year as the head man at Dover after being hired for the position back in 2016. While the team has compiled only a 5-15 record in his two year, the program has made strides toward returning to the program’s winning ways.
Simonetti joins a staff which includes Collick’s son and Cape Henlopen assistant, Bill Collick Jr, Seaford Head Coach Dwayne Henry, Milford Head Coach Shaun Strickland and Caesar Rodney’s Danny Candeloro.
For Simonetti, the chance to be on Collick’s staff for the Blue/Gold game is invaluable.
“You’re talking a ton of experience that I’m working with on this staff,” Simonetti said. “I’m looking forward to picking their brains when it comes to football. These are great guys who love the kids and the game of football and it’s an honor to be working with them, it’s going to be fun.”
Simonetti also cherishes the opportunity to represent Dover alongside the Senators’ selections, seniors Nadeem Boggerty and Jerren Williams, who Simonetti coached each of the past two seasons.
“Anytime you get to coach your own players in an all-star game it’s a special moment. Nadeem and Jerren were captains this past year and they are tremendous young men and hard workers,” Simonetti said. “Their impact on our football program at Dover can’t be overstated. I’m really going to miss them and it’s an honor to stand with them at their last game.”