Club News

Our next game of the 2014 season will be on Saturday,  September 27 at JMU.  Our next meeting will be September 25, at the Bob Carpenter Center on the second floor.  The doors will open at 11:15.  We look forward to seeing everyone there. 


The outstanding players for the Colgate State game are the following players:

OFFENSE-- Trent Hurley (Sr., QB, Connellsville, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic HS)

Completed 25 of 36 passes for 257  yards and two touchdowns and ran for 32 yards and a score….hit Nick Boyle on two first half scoring passes…scored the game-winning touchdown on a five-yard dive with 41 seconds left to play…surpassed 400 career pass completions.

DEFENSE-- Blaine Woodson (Fr.r, DT, Stroudsburg, Pa./East Stroudsburg)

Had the best game of his young career as he tied for the team lead with six tackles, including four solos stops…had two sacks for 14 yards and 2.5 tackles for losses of 15 yards.


SPECIAL TEAMS-- #17 MICHAEL JOHNSON  (Sr., WR, Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville HS)

Had two more big returns as he returned a kickoff 40 yards in the first half and returned a punt 17 yards in the fourth quarter to set up the winning drive….also had 8 catches for 85 yards and led the team with 139 all-purpose yards. 

These players were recognized at our meeting on September 25 as noted above.


If you have a photo or something you want to share with the club, email it to landddenny@comcast.net to have it posted on the website or BHTDC1001@gmail.com for Face Book. 




                                   A note from our historian Harold Heitmann

                                    on our upcoming game with James Madison

With no game scheduled on September 20th, the Blue Hens have an extra week to prepare for their first conference game against James Madison.  This contest, to be played at Bridgeforth Stadium in Harrisonburg, VA., will be the 22nd meeting between the two schools with Delaware winning thirteen of them.

JMU was originally a woman's college until becoming coed in the late 1960's.  Their first football team began in 1972 as a Division III school.  They remained at that level until 1980 before moving up to 1AA as an independent.  They joined the Yankee Conference in 1992 and have normally been a strong contender for the league championship.

The Dukes have won 264 games, lost 202 with 4 ties since that first inaugural season in 1972.  Conference titles were won in 1975, 1999, 2004 and 2008.  They followed Delaware's 2003 National Title by winning it in 2004. 

Challice McMullam coached the team from 1972-1984 winning 67 games while losing 60 with two ties.  He was followed by Delaware's star player and asst. coach Joe Purazcki.  His record from 1985-1990 was 34 wins, 30 losses and two ties. 

Rip Scherer took the coaching helm from 1991-1994 winning 29 games with 19 losses. He was followed by Alex Wood who coached the squad from 1985 to 1990 winning 23 games and losing 22.  Mickey Matthews them became the schools winningest football coach.  Leading the team from 1999 - 2013 compiling 109 wins against 71 losses. 

Notable players in the JMU history include Charles Haley, Super Bowl star player who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Scott Norwood, who went on to be the Buffalo Bills all time leading score.  Gary Clark, star receiver for the Washington Redskins.

Go Hens



The Blue Hen Touchdown (BHTD) Club is seeking companies and/or individuals to become our partners/sponsors. The BHTD Club  has been in existence  for over 50 years, and currently has over 200 members that  are dedicated to fulfilling a mission of  promoting and supporting the University of Delaware Football Program.   We do this by honoring the outstanding offensive, defensive and special teams player of the week (as selected by the coaches) with awards at luncheons attended by players, their families and members of the coaching staff. Annually the Club hosts a banquet to honor the graduating Senior players, at which special awards are given for various categories. All Senior players are recognized with an award for their contribution to the Team during their career. Funding for these activities, such as awards, luncheons and dinners for football players, coaches and other guests comes from the membership dues and contributions. The Blue Hen Touchdown Club has also been able to make other contributions, and while the players, coaches and the University value the Clubs efforts we want to make a greater impact on the Program by funding a football scholarship. Your partnership/sponsorship with help defray current expenses mentioned above and will enable us to progress toward this goal.


For Sponsorship information contact


Cathy Matthews Matthews@udel.edu

 Bruce Finnicum BFinnicum@AdvancedOfficeEnv.com

Tom Crescenzo crescenzot@gmail.com

or David Denny landddenny@comcast.net





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Here is how you can become part of the tradition.



(limited to 11 for 2012)

$750 or more per year


Benefits include:


  • Your Company/Individual name listed on a banner with other Gold Partners to be displayed at luncheons and the banquet
  • You  will be a featured guest  at  a  luncheon with time to talk  about your Company
  • You will be featured on the BHTD Club Facebook Page the week of your assigned luncheon
  • You will receive 4 complimentary BHTD Club lunch tickets
  • You will be listed on our web site as a Gold Partner
  • You will receive a full page ad in the Banquet program
  • You will be given 2  tickets to the Annual Senior Banquet       



(unlimited number)

$375-$749 per year

Benefits include:


  • Your name listed on our web page
  • You will receive a half page ad in the banquet program
  • You will receive 2 complimentary lunches
  • Your name will be listed on a sponsor sheet as a handout at luncheons


We hope you will join us in our mission as we reach toward making a greater contribution to the University of Delaware Football Program.



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Blue Hen Touchdown Club

PO Box 4645

Newark, DE 19715





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