The four football-playing high schools in the Dover area will be well represented at the 56th annual Blue-Gold high school football All-Star game Saturday, June 18 as 13 players and four coaches will be participating in the game.


The four football-playing high schools in the Dover area will be well represented at the 56th annual Blue-Gold high school football All-Star game Saturday, June 18 as 13 players and four coaches will be participating in the game.
Lake Forest head coach Freddie Johnson will be the head coach of the Gold squad, with Dover head coach Carlton Brown helping out as one of his assistants. Other assistants for the Gold include Polytech head coach David Eilers and Lake Forest assistant Lou Copio.
For Johnson, who led the Spartans to the Henlopen Southern Division championship and a spot in the Division II state playoffs this past fall, it is a continuation of what he considers to be blessings.
“I’m very honored, I feel privileged and blessed to be in a position to coach the Gold,” Johnson said before he and his players headed up to the University of Delaware for a week of practices and fellowship. “I’m really looking forward to it.”
Brown, who in the past had Johnson on his Dover staff, is excited for his friend and former co-worker.
“It’s great for Coach because I not only respect him as a coach but as a friend,” Brown says. “When he asked me to be a part of his staff, that made this experience that much better.”
Lake Forest linebacker Brandon Farmer credits Johnson for the development of the Spartans’ success on and off the field.
“Coach Johnson is the reason for all of our success as football players and people,” Farmer said. “He really helped us grow and it’s great that he gets to be our Blue-Gold coach.”
“It’s a neat opportunity for Coach Johnson,” Caesar Rodney head coach and athletic director Mike Schonewolf said. “It’s a great opportunity for him to coach the best players in the state and to be on our side in one of the bigger venues in the state of Delaware.”
The Blue-Gold football team consists of all seniors – the Blue takes players from northern New Castle County and the Gold is made up from every school below the Canal, as well as Middletown, Glasgow, Christiana, St. Georges, Appoquinimink and Red Lion Christian.
Dover graduate Kamal Abrams, one of four Senators in the game, is enjoying the experience of bonding with other players.
“I’m really excited to be here. It’s a lot of fun, everybody gets along with each other and we’re practicing well together,” he says. “Come Saturday, everybody’s going to be ready to perform.”
Polytech receiver/defensive back Greg Smith is the lone Panther on the squad and is winding down a busy two weeks as he just played in the Blue-Gold baseball game this past Saturday.
“It’s a real honor, especially coming from Polytech and getting to play with some great players,” Smith said. “It’s going to be a great experience getting to know all the guys and playing in the game.”
The coaches are hopeful that the players will make the most of this final high school football experience.
“This is something that they’ll have for a lifetime,” Schonewolf says. “To live in the dorms, meet those kids and find out what their lives are like, it’s a lifetime memory.”
“It’s been phenomenal, you can see them bonding, exchanging decals for their helmets and we’ve only been here a day,” Brown says. “After this game, our guys will be going to another level in different parts of the world and I’m proud of them all.”

E-mail Chris Stevens at chris.stevens@doverpost.com