Blue-Gold: Lewis laces up for Lake Forest one last time

NEWARK – For the final time as a Spartan, recent Lake Forest High School graduate Cameron Lewis suited up to represent his school on the football field.

In the 62nd annual DFRC Blue-Gold game Saturday night, the former 6’5” Lake standout hit the field for the Gold team at the University of Delaware in Newark.

Starting on the offensive side of the ball at receiver, Cameron helped the Gold team pull off an impressive 44-0 shutout victory and walked off the field as a winner for the last time at the high school level.

“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.”

Cameron Lewis lines up against Blue’s cornerback in Saturday’s annual Blue-Gold game at Delaware Stadium (The Journal/Ben Heck).

“It was a fun experience,” Cameron said following the game. “It’s fun playing with everybody, and seeing all the best players in the state play.”

Gold quarterback and former Smyrna star Nolan 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 game 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, putting Gold ahead 8-0 with the successful two-point conversion.

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.

“We are really proud of them, this was a blast,” said coach Judy, who is also the Smyrna High School head coach. “I’ll remember these guys forever.”

The week-long bonding with teammates while staying at UD plays a big role in the build-up of the annual Blue-Gold game, and it helps build lasting memories for the players as they each head their separate ways.

Though it was his final game as a high schooler, the recent Lake graduate plans to further his football career next year.

“Next year I’m going to a prep school, then I’m going to college,” he said.

With his size and athletic ability, one year of prep school could go a long way in finding a suitable Division I or II school to take his talents to the following year.

“I’m not really sure which college yet, I’m just going to see what kind of recruitment I can get while I’m there [at prep school] and use my resources there to help me with getting recruited,” he said.

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

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