QB Heydon has tools necessary to succeed

Knights standout in very early recruitment stages

Holy Names Knights quarterback Jake Heydon

Jake Heydon:

Positions:
Quarterback & Kicker

Height/ Weight:
6’1, 165 lbs

Teams:
Essex Ravens (OVFL/ OVFFL)
Holy Names Knights Secondary School (high school: WECSSAA)
Windsor Minor Football Association (WMFA)

Commitments:
None

Official Visits:
None

Considerations:
Open

Class:
2019

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Jake played 6 seasons of house league football at the quarterback and kicker positions with the Windsor Minor Football Association. Beginning at the age of seven, Heydon has been a leader on the field as he compiled an impressive resume before the age of thirteen earning himself Four Championship Game appearances and a Four-Time All-Star Selection.

In 2013 at the age of 12, Heydon made his way over to the Essex Ravens PeeWee Team (OMFL)  and was chosen as the Team MVP. Jake was then selected as a quarterback to participate in the Under 14 International Bowl for Team Canada in Arlington Texas.  2014 was a big year for Heydon as he concentrated solely on the Esssex Ravens.  He played on both the spring (OVFL) and fall (OVFFL) Bantam Ravens Teams and brought home the OVFL Most Valuable Quarterback award and back to back Raven Team MVP awards. 2015 will be Heydon’s most successful season to date.

“Participating in the Ontario Prospect Challenge (West Team) allowed me to mature as a leader and created confidence within myself that in order to be the best I must train the best.”

Heydon was awarded the 2015 OVFL Quarterback MVP award and both Raven Teams MVP awards and the 2015 OVFFL Championship Trophy!  Entering high school at Holy Names in Windsor Ontario, Heydon led the Jr. Knights to an undefeated Championship Season by defeating the defending champion Herman Jr. Green Griffins. Jake was again awarded the teams Offensive MVP award and also the student athlete award with an overall grade average of 87 percent.

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“Winning the OVFFL Bantam Championship in November 2015 (Essex Ravens) is one highlight of last season.  This was my first Championship Won with the Ravens and to be a part of the first Essex Ravens Bantam Championship Team is very special to all of us.  We set the bar for all the future Bantam Raven generations to follow.  We went undefeated the entire season and played so well together as a unit!  We had a lot of fun together playing for amazing coaches who put it all together.”

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“A second highlight of last season was winning the High School WECSSAA Junior Football Championship in November 2015.  The weather that night was a treacherous down pour of rain and very windy.  At half, our team the Holy Names Knights were down 14 – 0.  We ended up winning the championship game 27-14..!  I ran in for the 1st touchdown, and after that, 3 more touchdowns were made by my very talented teammates, with our outstanding defense holding off the Jr. Herman Green Griffins’ offense the entire second half of play; completing a perfect undefeated season.”

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Heydon acknowledges both of those championships games were played within 5 days of each other resulting in one of the most memorable weeks of his life.

“It’s the “Best of the Best” for our age group in the Province” says Heydon.  “We will lose a couple of great players as we gain are few new great players, so the excitement is high right now as we get set to begin the 2016 OVFL season!”

“I have trained very hard throughout the off season and the time is almost here to finally strap the shin strap and get back to business.”

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Heydon credits his parents for their continual encouragement.

“My mom and dad are my support system in both life and in football.  They lead by example.  They have taught me the value of hard work and dedication.”

“They have also taught me the importance of  education, responsibility, accountability, integrity, compassion and dedication, all of which, help me with life and sports every day to be successful and to learn how to deal with anything that life challenges me with.”

Recruitment has already started for the Knights quarterback.

“I have been approached by several CIS and NCAA University representatives as  they have approached me after football games, combines and camps that I have attended.  I often receive follow ups about how I everything is.  My goal in life is to pursue football as long as I can.  I am working hard in school, on the field, and in training to hopefully one day get a scholarship to a highly reputable university.  My future plans for secondary school are to keep my grades above 80 percent average and to give 100 percent effort.  I would like to further my education to have a career in the medical field.”

 

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Heydon works hard every day to be successful on the gridiron.

“I train 5 days a week and attends QB training on the weekends in Michigan.  I also participate in the winter Strength and Conditioning program with the Essex Ravens.  As well,  compete in other sports, eat healthy and stay hydrated all year around.  I am currently working on bulking up, improving my fundamentals to become stronger and faster both physically and mentally.  I will be moving up to Junior Varsity squadvwith the Essex Ravens this upcoming season, and I know that I need to work on all these qualities to be able to compete at this level.”

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Holy Name Knights Head Coach Rob McIntyre describes Heydon as “a very smart and driven young man. Has all of the physical tools necessary to be a great QB at the next level. Is working very hard to make himself a complete player.”

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Heydon is also very competitive in Track and Field, competing in the 100 metres, 200 metres and relay all of which he finished atop his class in all three events.

 

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