WEEK #10 - November 1, 2008 - SSYFL OPENING ROUND PLAYOFFS
BROOKLINE 32 - Avonworth 14
Khalil Sanders 3 run (Michael Roper run)
Michael Roper 1 run (Khalil Sanders run)
Michael Roper 7 run (Khalil Sanders run)
Malik Petite 50 pass from Michael Roper (Michael Roper run)
Fumble Recovery: Gino Foster (2), Joey Kalsek
Interception: Michael Roper, Khalil Sanders
NOTES: Coach Donnie brought his Mighty Knights to Quarry Field
to take on the Avonworth Eagles in the opening round of the
SSYFL playoffs. Eager to defend their back-to-back titles, the
Knight's green machine pounded their way to a 32-14 victory in
a tune-up for their rematch with crosstown rival North Hills.
Avonworth won the coin toss and elected to receive. Little did
they know that Gino Foster had a different idea. Gino pounced
on the opening kickoff to give the Knights first possession.
Foster's coup set the tone for the rest of the game.
The Knights took control early and never let go. Brookline's
first drive ended at the Avonworth nine, but that was the only
time the offense failed to score in the first half. Quarterback
Michael Roper and running back Khalil Sanders, who finished
with over 100 yards rushing, led the team on a scoring blitz.
Roper methodically led the Knights up and down the field. The
running game was the prefered method of attack, but when the
need arose, Michael's passing arm was primed and ready. He and
Sanders spent the first twenty minutes tearing up the turf to
build up a 24-0 halftime lead. The defense kept pace with the
offense. They hit hard and took the life out of the Eagles.
The blitz continued in the second half. Brookline took the
kickoff and struck again. On a 4th and ten at midfield, Roper
threw a bomb that Malik Petite took in stride and carried to
the endzone for the Knight's fourth touchdown. Roper's good
conversion made the score 32-0 with eighteen minutes to play.
At this point, the second-stringers took over and carried the
Knight's home to victory. Joe Bonnar and Tony Manuel combined
with Brookline's newest backfield phenomenon, Zacheria Sesay,
on a short drive of their own. Like William "The Refrigerator"
Perry of Chicago Bears fame, Big Zach rumbled into the line
like a freight train and would not go down. Sesay gained
twenty-four yards on three carries, mostly with several Eagle
defenders clinging to his back.
Although the drive faltered at the Avonworth eleven, it used
up over five minutes on the game clock. With the score out of
reach and time running short, Avonworth managed to complete
two successful drives of their own. Both produced touchdown
receptions, bringing the final score to 32-14. Onside kick
recoveries by Petite and David Suwalski kept things honest.
It was a typical Mighty Knight masterpiece. Solid offensive
and defensive performances. Intensity, Drive and Confidence.
We purposely left out the word Concentration. When the score
is 32-0 it's easy to overlook the silly penalties and dropped
passes. The Knights look ready for the next step, but should
work on concentration. The North Hills Warriors will not be
quite as forgiving as Avonworth.
photos from the 11-Under Avonworth game>
WEEK #10 - November 1, 2008 - SSYFL OPENING ROUND PLAYOFFS
BROOKLINE 26 - Southside 6
Michael Ignasky 1 run (Louie Rotunda pass from Zach Spath)
Tonyea Curry 31 pass from Zach Spath (conversion failed)
Michael Ignasky 21 run (conversion failed)
Nick Sywyj 1 run (conversion failed)
Fumble Recovery: Dominic Amato
NOTES: The Brookline Knights came to Southside's castle and
proved that the broadsword is mightier than the sabre. When
this medieval blood-letting was over, the Knights had laid
waste to the Sabre's homeland. The 26-6 thrashing propelled
the Knights into the semi-finals and put a less than merciful
end to the Sabre's season.
Southside punted away their first possession and Brookline's
offense came out blazing. Michael Ignasky and Nick Sywyj
pounded the ball downfield. The six minute onslaught
culminated with a one yard run by Ignasky. A Louie Rotunda
reception added two more points for an early 8-0 Knight lead.
Southside was forced to punt again. With thirty seconds to go
in the first period, quarterback Zach Spath launched a perfect
bomb to Tonyea Curry in the corner of the endzone for the
Knight's second touchdown. Spath's pass spiraled well over
forty yards before reaching it's intended target. Very nice!
Forced to punt once more, the Sabres had their shining moment.
The Knight offense took over and Southside pushed them back
into a 3rd and 20 at midfield. Spath connected with Rotunda on
a short pass. Louie ran for eight yards ... and got tanked!
Both he and the ball went airborne, in different directions.
The ball landed gracefully in the arms of a Sabre defender,
who sped 58 yards for a score. Southside's conversion toss was
broken up by Ryan Mandarino. Brookline's lead was cut to 14-6.
Unfazed, Brookline charged right back. The Knights took the
kickoff and marched downfield. Ignasky and Sywyj again led the
charge, grinding out three first downs before Ignasky broke
free on a twenty-one yard blast for his second TD of the game.
The Knights went into halftime leading 20-6.
Halftime at Quarry Field should come with a warning label -
"CAUTION: MATURE PEOPLE SHOULD AVOID THE FINAL FIVE MINUTES
OR RISK NAUSEA, HEADACHES AND POSSIBLE LOSS OF CONTINENCE."
After both the Southside and Brookline cheerleaders put on
really nice shows, the Southside fans burst into this comedy
they called the "Southside Chant" or whatever. It was hideous!
P-L-E-A-S-E! Next time warn us so we can bring some earplugs.
Once this acoustic nightmare was over the game resumed.
Determined to spare further opponents from having to endure
any future renderings of the "Southside Chant", Brookline took
the second half kickoff and excorcised that demon. A 36 yard
run by Ignasky and another bomb from Spath to Curry positioned
the ball at the Sabre one yard line. From there, Sywyj powered
into the endzone, increasing the Knight's edge to 26-6.
The game now entered a brief psychotic phase. Still nauseated
by the chant thing, Dominic Amato went momentarily berzerk and
took out his frustration on anyone wearing black and gold. On
the kickoff return, Amato zeroed in on the runner and blasted
him with a punishing hit. Dominic then forced Southside into a
4th and forty-one with two sacks totalling thirty-two yards.
The Knights threatened to turn the game into a complete rout
early in the fourth quarter. They drove inside the Southside
ten yard line. A timely goal line interception restored some
semblance of pride to the Sabre sideline. Overall, aside from
these rare moments, Southside got spanked for forty minutes.
Michael Ignasky finished the game with 130 yards rushing. Nick
Sywyj added thirty-six more the hard way. Zach Spath enjoyed
a fine day with over 100 yards passing. The Knight defense
dominated the Sabres all day. Except for two brief episodes,
they kept the Southside attackers completely locked up.
Brookline now moves into the next round of the playoffs riding
a string of three impressive victories. It's time to step up
to a higher level. The next opponent will undoubtedly have
more to offer than the vanquished Sabres. Go Knights!
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