Empire State Demon Knights

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Empire State Demon Knights
Founded 2008
Current season 2014
League Five Star Football League
Based in West Islip, New York
Stadium Aviator Sports Complex
Brooklyn, New York
Colors Black, Red, Yellow
              
Owner(s) Shawn William Spencer
Tricia Reinle
President Nicholas Toscano
Head coach Adam Turkel
Playoff berths 2009, 2011, 2013
Dancers Demon Knights Red Hotts
Uniforms
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Website www.DemonKnightsFootball.net

The Empire State Demon Knights is a semi-professional American Football team based in Suffolk County, New York, United States. Formerly known as the Kings County Wolfpack, which was based in Brooklyn, New York, the team took on a new location, name, and attitude when they moved to Suffolk County. The Knights have been nationally ranked as high as 66th in the United States.[1] In 2010, the Knights grabbed the 268th spot in the United States.[2]

Accolades include - 2 Winter Tourney championships, 3 East-West Bowl victories, Pioneer Bowl victory, Patriot Bowl victory and multiple other playoff and final appearances.

The Demon Knights are currently coached by Adam Turkel, whos accomplishments include 13 championships, on all levels of football from High School and Minor League to College and Arena Football. His latest Arena league job was with the New Jersey Bulldawgs Indoor Football team.

History[edit]

The Empire State Demon Knights are inaugural members of the Five Star Football League (FSFL),[3] which was founded in 2010. Before the arrival of the FSFL, the team played one season in the Regional Atlantic Football League. The Knights play their home games at Aviator Sports Complex. In addition to their regular season play in the FSFL, the team participates in a number of tournaments in both winter and spring play. The team is highly active in the Gridiron Elite Spring and Winter Tournaments and the USA PrideBowl series. The Demon Knights play upwards of twenty games in a single year. This total also includes an annual bowl game, in which the team qualifies via regional play and travels to build relationships with other leagues, some of which are across the country. Before becoming the Demon Knights, the team proudly held the names Kings County Wolfpack and Empire State Wolfpack. The Wolfpack spent most of its years in leagues such as the Regional Atlantic Football League (RAFL), North American Football League (NAFL), and the Northeast Football Alliance (NEFA). The team was also one of the twelve charter members of the RAFL.[4]

Bowl games[edit]

The Demon Knights participate in an annual bowl game, wherein the team acts as catalysts in order to construct and maintain lasting relationships with other leagues across the United States. The bowl games allow players, teams, and leagues to gain exposure they would normally never see at the semi-professional level. Within the last four years, the Knights have traveled in order to participate in 3 East-West Bowls and 1 North-South Bowl. The first East-West Bowl took place in Freedom Park, which is located in Las Vegas, NV. The Knights attained a 19-6 victory over the Las Vegas Cobras.[5] The second East-West Bowl took place again in Freedom Park. The Knights snagged another Vegas win, this time over the Sin City Saints, with the final score at 19-12. After 2 consecutive west coast wins the Knights went down to Florida for the North-South Bowl, took place in January 2013 at Booker High School, located in Sarasota, FL. The Knights faced off against the Sarasota Millionaires,[6] who are coached by former two time NFL pro-bowler[7] and ten-year NFL veteran[8] Ernest Givins. In this game, the Knights suffered a 32-0 loss at the hands of the Millionaires.[9] In its most recent bowl appearance the Demon Knights again traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada to take on the WWFL champions, Sin City Cobras. In a solid performance the Knights were able to take their 3rd bowl win 20-14

Recent accomplishments[edit]

During the 2012 season, the Demon Knights had the highest ranked offense in the Five Star Football League.[10] During play in the 2012 season, the Demon Knight's offense attained the top spots in the following categories:

  • Most total yards, with 3,212 yards.[11]
  • Most yards per game, with 321.2 yards per game.[11]
  • Most first downs, with 121.[11]
  • Most first downs per game, with 12.1.[11]
  • Most total passing yards, with 1,880 yards.[11]
  • Most passing yards per game, with 188 yards per game.[11]

The Demon Knights offense also attained the second spot in total points, with 214, and total points per game, with 21.4.[11]

During the 2013 season the Knights ranked 7th in scoring and boasted the 4th ranked Defense on their way to a final 4 finish in Five Star.[11]

Rivalry[edit]

The Knights main rival is the Long Island Panthers. The two teams have battled each other 31 times in the past seven years. The Demon Knights have won 25 of these bouts, taking a heavy lead in the series 25-6.

Tournament play[edit]

The Knights were active participants in both the Gridiron Elite Winter and Spring Tournaments and the Metro Bowl II Tournament. The team is two time champions of the winter tournament, claiming victories in 2009 and 2010. They also claimed second place in the Metro Bowl II Tournament in 2008. In 2008, 2009, and 2011, the team claimed second place spots in the Gridiron Elite Spring Tournaments.[12] The 2009 Gridiron Elite Spring Tournament was also the site for one of the most impressive comeback victories in tournament history. Coming behind from a 22-7 deficit in the first half, the Demon Knights defeated the New Jersey Spartans 34-30, with the go ahead touchdown coming with only 1:38 seconds remaining in the game.[13] The winter tournament has given the Knights an opportunity to play the Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL) Elite Team, where they captured a 24-12 victory.[14] The CDFL Elite team is a "Fall season traveling team composed of the best athletes in the CDFL."[15] Most recently the team participates in the USA PrideBowl series. Taking the first Patriot Bowl in series history.

Management and staff[edit]

  • Team Owner - Shawn William Spencer
  • Head Coach - Adam Turkel
  • Team Special Assistant - Tom Lynch
  • Team Manager - Craig Klaus
  • Web Master and team treasurer - Nick Toscano
  • Player Representatives - Chris Brandwein, Jesse Roden, Joe Sitaram, Nick Toscano, Frank Wolfe

[16]

Season standings[edit]

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Regional Atlantic Football League
2009[17] 6 4 0 16th Lost Round 1 (28-12) to the New Jersey Buccaneers (RAFL Champs & National Champs)
Five Star Football League
2010[18] 5 5 0 9th --
2011[19] 4 6 0 10th Lost Round 1 (12-6) to the Brooklyn Bulldawgs
2012[20] 4 6 0 11th --
2013[20] 7 3 0 6th Final 4 appearance
Totals 27 27 0 (Including Playoffs)

Roster[edit]

2013 Empire State Demon Knights
No. Player Name Position Height Weight School
1 Nick DeMarzo WR 5-7 150 lbs Ward Melville High School
2 Charod Howard LB 5-10 205 lbs American International College
3 Reece Gibbs RB 5-10 198 lbs Nassau Community College
5 Lahquan Legette WR 6-1 180 lbs Post University
6 Chris Duplan LB 6-3 215 lbs Stony Brook University
8 Lamont Gibson LB 5-11 205 lbs
9 Mike Condron K 6-0 260 lbs Nassau Community College
11 Nick Naja DE 6-2 240 lbs American International College
13 Vinny Quaranta LB 6-0 230 lbs Wesley Chapel High School
14 Frank Wolfe QB 6-2 215 lbs Long Island University
17 Tom Lynch OL 6-1 340 lbs Suffolk County Community College
20 Kevin Allen RB 6-0 245 lbs Freeport High School
21 Kelvin Anorue WR 5-9 190 lbs Nassau Community College
22 Jeffery Roden WR 5-10 170 lbs Bay Shore High School
23 Tom Tilton RB 5-10 180 lbs Sacred Heart University
24 Jesse Roden WR 5-10 215 lbs Bay Shore High School
25 John Moniz DB 5-7 185 lbs East Rockaway High School
28 Billy Jordan WR 5-10 155 lbs Suffolk County Community College
30 Joe Toscano DB 5-11 165 lbs Molloy College
34 Darrell Mills DB 5-11 213 lbs Bay Shore High School
42 Anthony Vecchione LB 6-1 230 lbs McArthur High School
50 Nick Toscano OL 6-0 280 lbs Iona College
51 Chris Brandwein OL 6-0 275 lbs North Babylon High School
52 Willie Klein OL 6-0 250 lbs Bay Shore High School
56 Roger Quintero DL 6-3 230 lbs St. John the Baptist High School
57 Daniel Hillman DL 5-11 245 lbs Nassau Community College
66 Joe Sitaram OL 6-4 350 lbs Suffolk County Community College
67 Joe Gallogly OL 6-4 300 lbs Calhoun High School
72 Matt Amon DL 6-0 260 lbs
75 Bobby Mirra OL 5-10 245 lbs Islip High School
77 Shawn Spencer OL 5-10 265 lbs Brooklyn College
81 Bill Creed WR 5-11 190 lbs SUNY Cortland
91 Vic Dones DL 5-11 260 lbs
99 James Harris DL 5-11 320 lbs Ward Melville High School

[21]


  • Updated 2013-03-07

Schedule[edit]

2013 Empire State Demon Knights Schedule
Week Home Team Score Away Team Score
1 Queens Vikings 6 Empire State Demon Knights 37
2 Empire State Demon Knights 17 Harlem Gators 26
3 Empire State Demon Knights 3 Long Island Panthers 7
4 Nassau Punishers 28 Empire State Demon Knights 6
5 Empire State Demon Knights 21 Long Island Lions 17
6 Glen Cove Red Raiders 0 Empire State Demon Knights 49
7 BYE
8 New Jersey Raptors 0 Empire State Demon Knights 2
9 BYE
10 Brooklyn Blue Devils 8 Empire State Demon Knights 11
11 Empire State Demon Knights 7 Long Island Tribe 33
12 Empire State Demon Knights 24 Nassau Golden Eagles 7

[22]


  • Updated 2013-03-24

All-Star selections[edit]

Empire State Demon Knights All-Star Selections
2010 All-Star Selections[23] 2011 All-Star Selections[24][25] 2012 All-Star Selections[26] 2013 All-Star Selections
No. Name Position No. Name Position No. Name Position No. Name Position
2 Mike Ramos WR 6 Chris Duplan LB 5 Lahquan Legette WR 9 Mike Condron K
6 Chris Duplan LB 13 Vinny Quaranta LB 9 Mike Condron K 28 Billy Jordan QB
14 Frank Wolfe OLB 14 Frank Wolfe QB 14 Frank Wolfe QB 34 Darrell Mills WR
50 Nick Toscano OL 24 Jesse Roden RB 50 Nick Toscano OL 36 Rahoo Walker RB
67 Joe Gallogly OL 25 John Moniz DB 66 Joe Sitaram OL 42 Anthony Vecchione LB
90 Brian McLaughlin DL 34 Darrell Mills DB 67 Joe Gallogly OL 50 Nick Toscano OL
50 Nick Toscano OL 72 Matt Amon DL 66 Joe Sitaram OL
89 Dennis Levinson FB 70 Don Squire DL


  • All-Star selections listed since inception of FSFL (2010)
  • Updated 2013-03-06

Season schedules and results[edit]

2009[edit]

Regular Season
Week Opponent Home/Away Result
1 Long Island Tribe Away Loss (0-15)
2 Long Island Lions Home Win (14-0)
3 Long Island Panthers Home Win (15-14)
4 Long Island Seahawks Home Win (12-6)
5 Long Island Tribe Home Loss (9-12)
6 Brooklyn Bulldawgs Home Loss (6-46)
7 Long Island Lions Away Loss (26-32)
8 Long Island Panthers Away Win (7-6)
9 Bye
10 Bye
11 Long Island Seahawks Away Win (22-0)
12 Brooklyn Blue Devils Away Win (28-12)
Playoffs
Round Opponent Home/Away Result
1 New Jersey Buccaneers*** Away Loss (12-28)

[17]

***Indicates National Champions & League Champions

2010[edit]

Regular Season
Week Opponent Home/Away Result
1 Long Island Hurricanes Away Win (28-8)
2 Long Island Lions Home Loss (14-16)
3 Long Island Panthers Home Loss (6-14)
4 Brooklyn Seminoles Home Win (12-6)
5 Long Island Tribe Home Win (34-7)
6 New York Bandits Away Loss (6-14)
7 Nassau Punishers Away Loss (21-27)
8 Bye
9 Non-League Opponent Away Win (21-0)
10 Bye
11 Brooklyn Bulldawgs Home Loss (6-12)
12 New England Knights Home Win (21-0)

[18]

2011[edit]

Regular Season
Week Opponent Home/Away Result
1 Brooklyn Blue Devils Home Win (21-8)
2 New York Bandits Home Loss (8-35)
3 Long Island Tribe* Away Loss (0-28)
4 Bye
5 New York Hustlers Home Loss (27-33)
6 Bye
7 New York City Falcons Home Loss (10-16)
8 Hudson County Bounty Hunters Away Loss (6-35)
9 Nassau Punishers Away Loss (3-13)
10 New York Spartans Away Win (6-0)**
11 Long Island Panthers Away Win (9-0)
12 Bye
13 Hudson Valley Cowboys Home Win (28-6)
Playoffs
Round Opponent Home/Away Result
1 Brooklyn Bulldawgs Away Loss (6-12)

[19]

*Indicates League Champions
**Indicates Win by Forfeit

2012[edit]

Regular Season
Week Opponent Home/Away Result
1 New York City Falcons Home Win (30-20)
2 Long Island Pitbulls Away Loss (17-20)
3 Long Island Lions Home Win (21-7)
4 Brooklyn Bulldawgs Away Loss (10-12)
5 Brooklyn Blue Devils Home Loss (23-28)
6 Glen Cove Red Raiders Away Win (20-12)
7 Nassau Punishers Away Loss (13-45)
8 Long Island Panthers Home Loss (33-44)
9 Hudson Valley Cowboys Away Win (27-8)
10 Bye
11 Hudson County Bounty Hunters Home Loss (20-32)

[20]

2013[edit]

Regular Season
Week Opponent Home/Away Result
1 Queens Vikings Away Win (37-6)
2 Harlem Gators Home Loss (26-17)
3 Long Island Panthers Away Loss (7-3)
4 Nassau Punishers Home Loss (28-6)
5 Long Island Lions Home Win (21-17)
6 Glen Cove Red Raiders Away Win (49-0)
7 Bye
8 Jersey Raptors Away Win (2-0)
9 Brooklyn Blue Devils Away Win (11-8)
10 Long Island Tribe Home Win (33-6)
11 Nassau Golden Eagles Home Win (24-7)
Playoffs
Round Opponent Home/Away Result
1 Harlem Gators (3 seed) Away Win (17-14)
2 Nassau Punishers (1 seed) Away Loss (24-0)

[19]

*Indicates League Champions
**Indicates Win by Forfeit |}[20]

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