Middletown wants fans to wear orange to Friday's football game

Middletown High School’s colors might be blue and white, but the football team is asking for Friday’s game to go orange.

The coaches and players sent out a flyer on social media asking fans who plan to attend game Oct. 4 to wear orange in honor of former Woodbridge quarterback Troy Haynes, 19, who died over the weekend after a five-month battle with kidney cancer.

Orange is the kidney cancer ribbon color. “Troy touched the hearts of everyone and will be missed dearly,” the flyer said.

Colleen Kelley, director of athletics for Middletown High, said that when they pushed it out on social media, they were shocked to see how fast the word got out and how many people plan on supporting it.

“We were not expecting it to pick up the way that it did,” Kelley said. Kelley said they will have a moment of silence for Haynes prior to the start of the game.

Community members of the MOT-area Facebook page have posted and shared the flyers with a few commenting that they plan to wear orange even if they don’t go.

Middletown will play Caesar Rodney High School in its Homecoming game Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m.