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Ohio Golden Knights off to 8-0 start

7/4/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

GREATER AKRON — Last year was the inaugural season for the Ohio Golden Knights, and the team finished with a strong 9-4 record. In its second season, the minor league football team has been even better.

Through June 28, the Ohio Golden Knights had an 8-0 overall record and a 6-0 league mark.

“We are currently ranked No. 1 in the Ohio Football League (OFL),” said Samantha Headrick, who is the team’s administrative assistant. “We are also currently ranked on three different national polls — No. 2 on one, No. 3 on one and No. 4 on another. We have four games left in our regular season.”

According to Headrick, the Ohio Golden Knights are best described as “a developmental football team.”

“The Ohio Golden Knights is a group of guys who enjoy playing football and also want another chance at making it to college or a professional league,” she said. “These men that make up the team are one giant family. No matter who you are, on the field or on the sidelines or even all the way up to the press box, everyone is one big family.”

Currently, there are 45 players on the Golden Knights’ roster and Headrick said she is excited about the newest player on the team.

“We are proud to announce the signing of Ervy Jones, who is a member of the U.S. Navy,” she stated. “When he first enlisted and stationed in Virginia Beach, Ervy played three years with the Virginia Beach Rhinos. Ervy has been stationed in Akron for three years, and the first thing he wanted when moving to Akron was to continue playing football.”

In addition to getting to suit up for a winning team, playing for the Ohio Golden Knights is a great way for football players to get exposure as they continue their playing careers, said Headrick.

“I want to say that the highlight of the season so far is that we were able to send some of our men to a Canadian Football League (CFL) tryout back in March 2013,” she said.

“It was one of the greatest experiences I have personally got to see as our men gave it everything at the tryout and cheered one another on.”

Another major benefit of playing for the team, Headrick said, is the ability for players to give back to the community.

“The Ohio Golden Knights just recently helped out with the Haven of Rest Ministries’ annual picnic,” she stated. “We enjoy helping out our community as much as we can.”

Headrick said the local community has been passionate in its support of the team.

“Our fan attendance has been great for both home and away. Our fans try to get to as many games as possible to cheer us on,” she said. “We have played our first half of home games at Kent State University, but due to accommodations for our fans, we are in the process of moving our home field.”

The team’s next home game will take place July 20 against the Mansfield Marauders, with the venue yet to be determined. Next up, the Ohio Golden Knights will hit the road to take on the Jackson Silverhawks on July 13 at Robert Fife Stadium in Massillon. The kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

“Tickets at home games are $7, and kids 6 and under get in for free,” Headrick said. “Tickets at away games are normally the same price, but may vary.”

Tickets for both home and away games can be purchased at the gate on gameday, she noted.

For more information about the Ohio Golden Knights, go to www.OhioGoldenKnights.com or email team owner Jermaine Campbell at OgkOwner@ohiogoldenknights.com. The team can be found on Twitter and Instagram under the name OGK_FOOTBALL.

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