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WEEK #10 - November 3, 2012 - SSYFL OPENING ROUND PLAYOFFS
9-UNDER @ Ross Elementary
BROOKLINE 22 - Baldwin 8
Jamyle Liebro 18 run (Visawn Pennix run)
Eathan Parker 3 fumble recovery (Jamyle Liebro run)
Jamyle Liebro 9 run (conversion failed)
Fumble Recovery: Eathan Parker, Nicholas Ault, Antwain Carter
NOTES: Brookline's Nines travelled to North Hills for the first
round of the 2012 playoffs and came away with another big win
over the Baldwin Breakers. With the temperature hovering in the
high thirties, the Knights controlled the game with a strong
defensive effort and a steady offensive performance.
Baldwin won the coin toss and elected to receive. It was their
high water mark. Brookline's defenders pushed them back twelve
yards and forced a punt, setting the tone for rest of the game.
Once the offense kicked into gear, the Breakers were doomed.
Jamyle Liebro broke a scoreless tie midway through the second
quarter with an eighteen yard touchdown run. Visawn Pennix aced
the conversion for an 8-0 Brookline lead. With two minutes left
to play in the half, the Knights forced Baldwin into a 4th and
nine at their own sixteen yard line. The Breakers went for it.
The defense surged forward. The runner was forced back thirteen
yards and slammed hard. The ball came loose and hit the turf.
Nose tackle Eathan Parker scooped it up and dashed into the
endzone for a quick six. Liebro's conversion run increased the
Knights advantage to 16-0 going into halftime.
The third quarter saw both teams jockey for position near the
Baldwin thirty-five yard line. At the mid-point of the fourth
quarter, Brookline capitalized on a fumble recovery by Antwain
Carter. A short drive, led by reserve quarterback Mekhi Gay,
and a nine yard Liebro scoring run, put Brookline ahead 22-0.
Baldwin got on the board with three minutes remaining in the
game. A Breaker broke free and scampered forty-five yards to
the Knights two yard line. Dylan Studer made a fine tackle to
save the touchdown. On the next play, Baldwin burst forward for
the final two yards and followed up with a good conversion to
finish off the scoring. The Knights took possession and ran out
the clock to claim a ticket to next week's Semi-Final round.
Brookline's defense played a great game, holding the Breakers
to only seven total yards on thirty-six rushing attempts. The
Knights dropped Baldwin runners nineteen times behind the line.
They also forced three turnovers that led to fourteen points.
On offense, Brookline gained 130 total yards, 121 rushing and
nine through the air. Jamyle Liebro topped all rushers with
seventy-eight yards on eight carries, adding nine more on a
pass reception. Other Knight runners included Visawn Pennix
(6-19), Antwain Carter (6-9), Mekhi Gay (3-8), Brandon McGough
(1-5) and Mark Connor (1-2).
If there was a downside to the game, it was the five penalties
that set the Knights back thirty yards. These mistakes stifled
the offense at key moments in the game. From this point on,
the difficulty level is on the rise. Next week's opponent will
no doubt come to play. The Knights need to get focused and
eliminate these nagging mental errors. With more hard work,
the future looks bright for Coach Bruce and Brookline's Nines.
WEEK #10 - November 3, 2012 - SSYFL OPENING ROUND PLAYOFFS
10-UNDER @ Ross Elementary
BROOKLINE 24 - Southside 0
Marques Watson 65 kickoff return (Mason Ventrone run)
Dominic Leonard 11 run (Aidan Logan pass from Nick Roell)
Mason Ventrone 7 run (Marques Watson run)
Fumble Recovery: Dominic Leonard
Interception: Nick Roell
NOTES: Coach Donnie and Brookline's Wild Stallions increased
their undefeated record to 9-0 with a first round knockout of
the Southside Sabres. It was another command performance by the
Knights. The score read 24-0 after forty minutes of regulation
play, but this stampede was over after just eight minutes.
Marques Watson got things started by running the opening kick
back sixty-five yards for a touchdown. This was followed at
4:51 with an eleven yard scoring blast by Dominic Leonard.
Mason Ventrone added the coup de grace at 2:23 with a seven
yard endzone eruption. In a flash, the Knights had blitzed to
a 24-0 lead and the Sabres were staggering under the onslaught.
Facing further merciless abuse from the Knights defense and no
prospect of stopping the Green and Black offensive juggernaut,
the Sabres coach threw in the white towel. With two minutes to
go in the first quarter, the clock was put on the fast track
and the Knights second team took the field.
For the next thirty-two minutes, the Brookline reserves and the
shell-shocked Sabres traded jabs near midfield. Dante Douglas
and Demetri Bose clicked off some nice runs and, on the other
side of the ball, the defense held firm. When the final buzzer
sounded, the Southside crew left battered, bruised and cold.
By the numbers, Brookline's offense gained eighty-two total
yards, seventy of those in the first eight minutes. Marques
Watson added another seventy-four on kick returns. Southside
was held to two total yards over the course of forty minutes.
For Brookline's sturdy steeds, it's on to the Semi-Finals. They
are red hot and ready to rumble. Fire and brimstone await their
next opponent. Just one game stands between these Knights and a
return trip to the Super Bowl. It's time to get serious.
WEEK #10 - November 4, 2012 - SSYFL OPENING ROUND PLAYOFFS
13-UNDER @ Moon High School
Moon 42 - BROOKLINE 0
Fumble Recovery: Michael Allen
NOTES: The seventh-seeded Brookline Knights travelled to Moon
High School on a chilly autumn evening for a first round game
against the second-seeded Moon Tigers. The Knights were beaten
soundly, 42-0, by the bigger, stronger Tigers.
Four minutes into the game, Moon had already built a 24-0 lead
and they were just getting started. The score had ballooned to
36-0 with two minutes to go in the half. The Tiger's blitz was
highlighted by a long touchdown pass that was caught by Jerad
Simmons, reaching behind himself with just one hand. Only the
clock could stop the march of the Tigers. It sounded off with
Moon on the Knights five yard line, poised for another score.
With a running clock as an ally, the Knights reserve team took
the field in the second half and played a quick four possession
game against the Tiger subs. Taken as a separate contest, this
game was evenly contested, although the outcome was the same.
Brookline lost the consolation match by a score of 6-0.
Backup quarterback Jeremy Jenkins brought life to the Knights
bleacher section with a long pass, caught by a leaping Troy
Bryant between two Tiger defenders. The bomb was good for a
twenty-six yard gain. Jenkins finished the game two-for-two
passing. His other completion was a screen to Ryan Hough.
Michael Allen contributed a couple nice runs.
On defense, the second-teamers stopped Moon on their opening
possession of the half with good tackles by Dylan Hennel and
Justice Jones. It was the first, and only, time all evening
that the Knights managed to stop the Tiger offense.
This Game of Subs came down to the wire. Moon drove all the way
to the Knights five yard line. Three plays later they were at
the one. Good tackling by Hennel, Jones, Hough and Randy Roscoe
kept the Tigers out of the endzone. On fourth down the Tigers
managed to punch through the line, ending the scoring saga for
the day. The final scores: Moon 36 - Brk 0, Moon 6 - Brk 0.
The playoff loss marked the end of a disappointing season for
Coach Joe and his Knights. After the excitement of last year's
eleven-year old Super Bowl championship, the 2012 season was a
difficult campaign. Accustomed to winning, the team finished
with five consecutive defeats. However, if one chooses to look
at the bright side: with a strong core of returning players,
next year could signal a return to those winning ways.
Halftime featured the final performance of Brookline's talented
cheerleaders. Under the direction of Coach Nicole Nicholas, the
girls practiced and worked hard all season. They did a great
job keeping the fans engaged with their spirited cheers, and
their dance routines were always well done and enjoyable.
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