A football Friday Night in Delmar is something that Jimmy Adkins says needs to be seen to be believed.
He experienced his last one on October 28, and he says he won’t forget it.
“I was playing safety in the fourth quarter and I was looking around thinking this could be my last home game and I need to take it all in. It was an upsetting moment, but it was a big impact that you only get to go through life once, you can’t go through it again.”
While he said goodbye to the Wildcats’ football team, the next stage of his athletic career is just flourishing, he’s heading to Delaware State University to pitch next season.
Adkins earned Honorable Mention All-State honors at shortstop and pitcher this year, and his pitching skill continues to improve with every toss from the mound.
“I need to hit my spots, and I’ve actually gained some velocity this season. I hit 88 (miles per hour) last weekend.”
His pitching has been put on hold this week, as he’s focused one last time on football as part of the DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star Football game being held Saturday night at Delaware Stadium.
A big part of the event is the pairing of participants with a “buddy” from their school. They spend all school year going to various events, and in Jimmy’s case it’s long-time classmate Bradley Moore, and Adkins says it’s been a fun year.
“He’s a character, he’s crazy, he’s a funny man, kind-hearted, and he’s out to do something he puts his head to. He’s a great kid, I love him.”
It’s just Jimmy’s way of paying forward all of the help he’s received from his small-town home as a Wildcat.
“The atmosphere in Delmar and the support from everybody is just insane.”
You can see Jimmy and Bradley on the field before Saturday night’s Blue-Gold Football Game, pregame festivities begin at 5pm for the 6pm kickoff. Tickets are available at the gate.