12957530_704455459657736_6687426478801006126_oErie, PA: The Erie Express will host the Northeast Ohio Silverbacks in the first annual COVATO CLASSIC powered by Country Fair this Saturday May 7th. The game is being played in honor of Tyler Covato, an Express player who was accidentally killed late last year while working for the City of Erie. Tyler was a graduate of McDowell High School and was a member of the Erie Express for the past two seasons. At the request of the Covato family 100% of the ticket sale proceeds will go to help benefit three organizations that Tyler was passionate about; The ANNA Shelter, Erie Express Football and McDowell Football. Country Fair is hosing a “Remember #56 on 5/6” on Friday. .56 of every hot beverage will go to help benefit the same three organizations.

This game marks the second time the Express and Silverbacks have played. Last season the Express came away with a 38-0 victory over the previously unbeaten Silverbacks. Northeast Ohio has won back to back division titles as well as qualified for the GDFL playoffs the past two seasons. Their only regular season loss last year was to the Express. The Silverbacks will be led by seven time All-Pro Defensive Lineman Chris Carter.

Erie comes into the contest at 1-0 after last weeks 38-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Rangers. Erie scored twice on the ground (Allen Jones and Richard Stokes) once through the air (Chance Anzivine to Moe Williams), returned a punt for a TD (Andrew Herget), returned an interception for a TD (Denzel Jones) and scored eight points off the foot of kicker Noah Ackerman (5/5 extra points, 1 FG)

Erie’s defense recorded four interceptions (Russell Terry, Ashton Jones, Rob Robison, and Denzel Jones). Linebacker Tony D’Albora led the team with 11 tackles last week.

“Tyler was an absolutely amazing young man who brought so much to our team and lives. This is a great way to honor his life and show support to his family and friends. We are very grateful the Silverbacks have agreed to play us in the Covato Classic. They were humble in defeat last year and conducted themselves as pros the entire game. We are expecting another great match up with them this Saturday”-Director of Operations Paul Pennington

Intros start at 5:40 with kickoff at 6pm. The game will be played at Gus Anderson Field at McDowell High School. Cost is $5 per ticket with children 12 and under free.