WEEK #1 - August 24, 2013
8-UNDER, 9-UNDER, 10-UNDER, 11-UNDER - BYE NO GAME
WEEK #1 - August 24, 2013 @ Park Avenue Field
BROOKLINE 26 - Moon 22
Curtis Bradley 85 run (conversion failed)
Raekwon Caldwell 36 interception return (Quran Powe run)
Quran Powe 62 run (conversion failed)
Raekwon Caldwell 85 fumble return (conversion failed)
Fumble Recovery: Raekwon Caldwell
Interception: Raekwon Caldwell
NOTES: The Brookline Knights 13-year olds opened their season
with a 26-22 victory over the Moon Tigers at Park Avenue Field
in Bethel Park. In a nail-biter of a contest that went right
down to the wire, Brookline held back a furious late-game
rally by Moon to secure their first win of the 2013 campaign.
Moon got off to a quick start with a fifty-five yard touchdown
run only thirty seconds into the game to stake themselves to a
6-0 lead. Brookline answered with four minutes to go in the
first quarter. Curtis Bradley's eighty-five yard flight along
the right sideline tied the score at six-apiece. The Tigers
bounced right back with a seventy yard scoring pass and a good
conversion to retake the lead, 14-6.
At the seven-minute mark of the second quarter, Raekwon
Caldwell intercepted a Tiger toss and returned it thirty-six
yards to bring the Knights within two. A crunching block by
Quran Powe paved the way for Caldwell's scoring dash. A good
conversion run by Powe evened the score at 14-14. Moon mounted
a final first half drive, reaching the Knights twenty yard line
before being pushed back. A Mar Oaks sack with fourteen seconds
remaining ended that threat. The first half ended in a tie.
The third quarter was fought near midfield. Neither team was
able to mount an effective drive. Then, at 9:38 of the final
period, Powe broke free, hit the afterburner, and was off on
a sixty-two yard touchdown run. Moon's offense countered with a
march to the Brookline red zone. That crisis ended with another
fine defensive play by Caldwell. Raekwon stripped the ball from
a Tiger runner and returned it eighty-five yards to increase
the Knights advantage to 26-14 with 4:20 left to play.
The final minutes of the game were not for the feint at heart.
Moon took the ensuing kickoff and struck back with a sixty yard
touchdown pass. They aced the conversion to bring themselves
within four points. Brookline then fumbled on their kickoff
return, giving the ball back to the Tiger offense at the Knight
thirty-nine. There was still 3:46 remaining on the clock.
Brookline's defense pushed the Tigers back, but Moon would not
go down easily. On 4th and 18, a thirty-seven yard reception
looked like it might be the game winner. A touchdown saving
tackle by Justice Jones kept the ball in play at the Brookline
ten with 1:58 remaining. It was crunch time, and to the delight
of the Brookline fans, the Knights defense was up to the task.
Fine tackles by Dominick Emma and Khalil Weathers, along with
a motion penalty, moved the Tigers back to the fourteen yard
line. Moon managed to get off one more play before the clock
expired. After a wild scramble, the final Tiger was bagged and
tagged at the ten. The Knights walked off with 26-22 victory.
Aside from the impromptu cardiac stress test administered to
the Brookline faithful, this first game was also notable for
the return of Coach Brian Nicholas to the Knights sideline. A
veteran of fifteen seasons from 1993-2007, Coach Brian has
come out of retirement for one last hurrah. It was nice to see
him back leading his Brookline Knights into battle.
One game does not make a season, but it was reassuring to see
how the Knights played against a tough Moon Tiger team. There
are some kinks to work out, and the pass defense is in need of
improvement, but all things considered, Brookline's elder
Knights played a good game and got tough when they needed to.
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