Third year Head Coach Paul Haynes is painfully aware of the “losing habit” that seems to affect his team. The Golden Flashes play football in the East Division of the Mid-America Conference (MAC) and a season ago, in 2014, this team compiled a Won-Loss record of 2-9. Worse yet for the Golden Flashes, they lost six out of seven games played against Conference foes.
Coach Haynes was hopeful that his squad would show some improvement in the 2015 Season. His belief was based on the fact that, in his third year, many of his players are athletes that he recruited. Sadly for the coach and his team, the new football year has gotten off to a wobbly start.
The Golden Flashes opened the new football year on the road at the University of Illinois. The game, played on September 5th, turned out to be a rout for the Fighting Illini. The final score was 52-3.
Kent State University opened its home season the following week on September 12th. In that game, the home team conquered Delaware State University by a score of 45-13. Game three for the Golden Flashes, which took place on Saturday, December 19th, was played on the road at the University of Minnesota. The home team Golden Gophers edged the visiting Golden Flashes by a score of 10-7.
Its strong effort against a Big 10 Conference foe was a moral victory for Kent State University. But this team and its Head Coach wants wins. The squad will get many chances to come out “on top” in the following home games.
The Golden Gophers will host the Thundering Herd of Marshall University on September 26th, the University of Miami (Ohio) on October 3rd, Bowling Green University on October 24th, the University of Buffalo on November 5th and Central Michigan University on November 18th.
The team’s remaining road games feature contests against the University f Toledo on October 10th, the University of Massachusetts on October 17th, Ohio University on November 10th and the University of Akron on November 27th.
Losing is, of course, not fun. That is especially true for young and emotional college athletes. The Golden Flashes have shown some improvement in this young season by playing competitively. As any athlete on the team will say, “it’s not good enough.”
For that reason, it seems likely that the Golden Flashes will produce more wins in 2015 than they had a year ago. The players and the coach are hungry and motivated.
Courtesy of Elevenwarriors.com