Introducing the newest semi-pro football team: the Mohawk Valley NightHawks and they're coming to a field near you this summer!
Formerly known as the Utica Yard Dogs, the NightHawks are under new management and are rebranding football in the Mohawk Valley.
The team is led by head coach Ken Maryon, with the majority of players being local products. Home games will be tentatively played at Waterville high school.
The NightHawks were recently voted into the Empire Football League joining teams like Glens Falls, Plattsburgh and Watertown.
The goal of this team is simple, get the community involved and bring home a championship, all while playing the sport they love.
Everyone is excited for a new era of football in the Mohawk Valley.
"If they came to a NightHawks game they would expect a jam-packed action movie," said Mike Carter. "It's gonna be so much fun. Just getting the crowd involved, actually in the game and actually executing plays perfectly this is gonna be a great time for everybody."
"What to expect, positivity, one team, brotherhood, unity," said Jamal Reed. "But also we're gonna show that we can ball, we can play hard and we them guys to be ya know."
"Oh you can definitely expect to put it all out there and leave it on the field ya know we coming to win," said CC Jackson. "We ain't coming to joke around and play no games. We trying to win that ship. I've been playing for 8 years and I've been chasing chips so long going to different teams and I feel like it's only right that we finally bring one back home."
The NightHawks first game is scheduled for Saturday, May 18 against the Carthage Revolution.