Brookline Knights Football Association
Knights Game Summaries
Week #9 - October 19/20, 2013

SSYFL Opening Round Playoffs

Brookline Knights

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* the 13-Under team played their final regular season game *


	8-UNDER                                       @ Ross Elementary

	BROOKLINE 30 - West Mifflin 6

	Scoring Summary:

	A'Mirre Brown 79 run (conversion failed)
	Keshawn Harris 48 run (Racari El run)
	Keshawn Harris 4 run (Will Coleman run)
	Keshawn Harris 46 run (Racari El run)

	Fumble Recovery: Keshawn Harris, David Reed, Anthony Herisko

	NOTES: Brookline's eight-year olds traveled to North Hills Ross
	Elementary Field for their first-round playoff game against the
	West Mifflin Titans. Led by the running of Keshawn Harris and
	A'Mirre Brown, and a strong defensive effort, Brookline earned
	a 30-6 victory and a trip to next week's Semi-Finals.
The cheerleaders look great in
their new sweat suits.
	Brookline opened the scoring at 3:46 of the first quarter when
	Brown broke loose and led the Titan defenders on a seventy-nine
	yard chase to the endzone. Harris added another six points with
	a forty-eight yard touchdown run at the two minute mark in the
	half. Racari El's conversion run gave Brookline a 14-0 lead.

	The Knights scored again midway through the third period, when
	Harris capped off a long drive with a four yard burst up the
	middle. Will Coleman's conversion dash around the left side put
	Brookline on top 22-0. Coleman stopped the Titan's next effort
	with a near interception on fourth down.
Will Coleman scores on a conversion run.
	On the next play, Harris ignited the crowd with a thirty-three
	yard touchdown run, but the play was called back on a penalty.
	Another penalty followed. Still first down, Harris settled the
	matter by breaking free on a forty-six yard run and his third
	touchdown of the morning. Racari El added his second two-point
	run to increase the Knight tally to thirty.

	West Mifflin got on the board to begin the fourth quarter with
	a sixty-one yard scoring run. A David Reed fumble recovery on
	the conversion attempt kept the damage to only six points. A
	promising Knight drive on the next series fizzled at the Titan
	sixteen. Brown actually scored a touchdown with a twenty-six
	yard dash, but his effort was negated by a holding call.
The Knight defense played a great game.
	West Mifflin threatened one last time late in the game when a
	Titan runner cleared the pack and scampered thirty-seven yards
	downfield. A fine come-from-behind tackle by Geno Spadafora
	saved a sure score. This final Titan drive ended with an
	Anthony Herisko fumble recovery. The final score: 30-6.

	By the numbers, Brookline gained 337 yards on offense, with
	330 coming on thirty-two running plays. Knight rushers include
	Harris 14/182, Brown 6/128, Coleman 5/8, El 5/8, Spadafora 1/5,
	and Jaimeer Williams 1/1. Spadafora caught the only Brookline
	pass for another seven yards. The Knights were penalized five
	times for forty-five yards and registered six first downs.
Good game ... good game ... good game ... good game.
Now it's on to the Semi-Finals for the Knights.
	West Mifflin gained 136 total yards. They rushed twenty-nine
	times for 131 and completed one pass for an additional five.
	The Titans were penalized only once and had five first downs.
	The entire Brookline defense played a great game. Knights who
	made key tackles were Quinnie Walker, Tyler Oliverio, Pacey
	Daniels, David Reed, Harris, Coleman and Spadafora.

	Brookline has never had an eight year old team advance to the
	SSYFL Super Bowl. This squad is equipped with the necessary
	tools to accomplish that task. It's going to take more hard
	work and gritty determination to make the dream a reality.
	Let's go Knights!
Pre-game weigh-in.    Keshawn Harris, Mario Granison
and Will Coleman.

Player introductions.    Coach Jason calling the play.

The defense played good, hard football.    A Titan runner hits the turf.

Another Titan runner down.    Keshawn Harris gained 182 rushing.

Splits    The offensive line did a great job.

A'Mirre Brown rushed six times for 128 yards.    Great game, Defense!

Halftime.    The cheerleaders perform.

Jaedyn was born to cheer!    The Knights driving to another score.

Racari El had a pair of two-point runs.    Gathering after the game.
Way to go, Knights!


	9-UNDER                          @ Thomas-Jefferson High School

	Thomas-Jefferson 24 - BROOKLINE 14

	Scoring Summary:

	Zaire Nelson 16 run (conversion failed)
	Brandon Pezzelle 3 run (Pezzelle run)

	Fumble Recovery: Jacob Davis, John Bruecken

	NOTES: The Brookline Nines traveled to Thomas-Jefferson High
	School for their opening round SSYFL playoff game against the
	Thomas-Jefferson Jaguars. On a chilly autumn morning, the Jags
	24-14 victory brought a sudden end to the Knights 2013 season.

	Whether it was the weather or just a one of those strange days,
	the Knights offense never seemed to get their game in gear and
	the defense struggled to hold back the Jaguar attack. It was as
	though the bitter chill had cooled their engines. By the time
	Brookline had warmed to the challenge it was too late. 

	The first quarter was played to a scoreless tie as each team
	battled to a standstill near midfield. The second quarter saw
	the Knights begin a nice drive across midfield and deep into
	Jaguar territory. A sixteen yard touchdown run by Zaire Nelson
	put Brookline on the board with a 6-0 lead.
Coach Pezzelle and Coach Joe
watch from the sideline.
	Thomas-Jefferson countered immediately by returning the ensuing
	kickoff back to tie the score. A good conversion put the Jags
	ahead 8-6. After pinning the Knights deep in their own zone, a
	botched punt put the ball back in Jaguar paws with great field
	position. They capitalized on their good fortune with another
	eight points to take a 16-6 advantage into the halftime break.

	Jacob Davis took the second half kickoff and returned it across
	midfield. Davis followed up with an eleven yard run for a first
	down. The Brookline drive stalled inside the Jaguar forty yard
	line and the ball changed sides. Thomas-Jefferson proceeded to
	mount a nine minute march that ended with a one yard touchdown
	plunge, followed by a good conversion pass and a 24-6 lead.

	The Knight offense answered with a fourth quarter scoring drive
	of their own. Brookline rode the legs of Nelson and Davis on a
	final foray into Jaguar territory. A forty yard dash down the
	sideline by Nelson was the key play in the series, which ended
	with a three yard burst by quarterback Brandon Pezzelle. Then,
	on a broken pass play to the left, Pezzelle reversed field and
	dashed around the right side for the two-point conversion to
	make the score 24-14.
The Knights drove to their second
touchdown in the fourth quarter.
	The Jaguars threatened once again late in the game, driving to
	the Brookline two yard line. With one minute to go, a Jaguar
	fumble was recovered by John Bruecken to bring a hearty cheer
	from the Brookline fans.

	In the final seconds, some fancy backfield running by Nelson
	turned a sure safety into a five yard gain, and a seven yard
	pass to Tristin Christe was the last play of Brookline's 2013
	season. The Knights finished the campaign with a 3-5 record.

	For the Knights legendary Coach Joe Nicholas, this could very
	well be the last game in his twenty-one year tenure with the
	Brookline program. It would have been nice to see Coach Joe go
	out with a win, but let there be no mistake about it, this man
	is, and always will be, a winner. The same can be said for the
	countless children who have benefited from his wisdom and
	guidance over the past two decades.
Coach Joey Nicholas and his Knight defenders.    The Knight defense struggled to contain
the Jaguars after a scoreless first quarter.

A Jaguar goes down under a pile of Knights.    Another Jaguar runner brought to the turf.

The Knights line up to stave
off another Jaguar rush.    Battling in the trenches.

Coach Joe calls another play.    Zaire Nelson is off on a forty yard run
down the sideline in the fourth quarter.

Brandon Pezzelle scores a fourth
quarter Knights touchdown.    Zaire Nelson pushes a Jaguar runner
out of bounds at the two yard line
late in the fourth quarter.

John Bruecken recovers a Jaguar fumble
in the final minutes of the game.    Zaire Nelson (#32) avoids being trapped
for a safety and scampers away from his
pursuers. Nelson turned the play into
a very long five yard gain.


	10-UNDER                           @ West Allegheny High School

	BROOKLINE 44 - West Allegheny 12

	Scoring Summary:

	Jamyle Liebro 55 run (conversion failed)
	Jamyle Liebro 48 run (Visawn Pennix run)
	Raeshawn Caldwell 42 run (Visawn Pennix run)
	Jamyle Liebro 35 run (conversion failed)
	Raeshawn Caldwell 20 run (Grant Hamilton run)
	Antwan Peterson 4 run (Antwain Carter run)

	Fumble Recovery: Andrew Cagey, Zachary Kalsek, Michael Jackson
	Interception: Antwain Carter

	NOTES: The Brookline Knights met the West Allegheny Indians in
	the first round of the SSYFL playoffs and came away with a big
	44-12 victory to advance to next week's Semi-Finals. Brookline
	overwhelmed the Indians with a frenzy of offensive production
	and a punishing defense that left them battered and bruised.

	Jamyle Liebro had another outstanding game running the ball.
	Liebro's three first half touchdowns, accompanied by a fourth
	score from Raeshawn Caldwell and two conversion runs by Visawn
	Pennix, staked the Knights to a 28-12 first half lead.

	Pennix returned the second half kickoff fifty-four yards to the
	Indian six yard line. Quarterback Grant Hamilton then ran the
	ball into the endzone for another touchdown, but his effort was
	negated by a penalty. Caldwell made good on that with a twenty
	yard dash to the goal. Hamilton's conversion run made it 36-12.

	Antwan Peterson finished the Knight scoring parade by leading
	the reserve offense on a long fourth quarter drive. Peterson's
	four yard run, along with Antwain Carter's two-pointer, set the
	final score at 44-12.

	It was a great game for the Knight offensive unit, which drove
	up and down the field behind the backs of the forward linemen.
	The defense, which played a sloppy first half, recovered and
	was dominant in the second, hitting hard and proving that it
	is a force to be reckoned with.

	Led by Mekhi Gay, the Knights defenders launched a sack attack
	against the Indians. Gay, Carter and Caldwell each had several
	backfield takedowns. Zachary Kalsek and Nathaniel Wilson also
	registered tackles for losses. Carter and Michael Jackson both
	forced fumbles that led to Brookline takeaways.

	Next weekend, the 7-1 Knights head into the semi-final round,
	eager for an opportunity to earn a return trip to the SSYFL
	Super Bowl. Coach Bruce's motto for this year has been to take
	care of "unfinished business." Let's continue to work hard and
	make good on that mission statement.

	11-UNDER                           @ West Allegheny High School

	BROOKLINE 30 - West Mifflin 6

	Scoring Summary:

	Mason Ventrone 64 run (Marques Watson run)
	Jonathan Morin 30 run (Aidan Logan pass from Nick Roell)
	Mason Ventrone 26 pass from Nick Roell (conversion failed)
	Jonathan Morin 65 kick return (Jordan Bonilla run)

	Fumble Recovery: Deshaun Alexander, Mason Ventrone
	Interception: Deshaun Alexander

	NOTES: Brookline's eleven year olds rebounded from last week's
	stunning loss with a 30-6 triumph over the West Mifflin Titans
	in the opening round of the 2013 SSYFL playoffs. With Coach
	Don absent from the sideline, Coach Jerry Tuite led the Knights
	back to their winning ways and on to the Semi-Finals.

	The contest began with the Brookline reserves in the unfamiliar
	starters role. Brookline pinned West Mifflin deep in their own
	territory with a long kickoff that was downed at the ten yard
	line. From there, the Titans launched a methodic ten minute,
	ninety yard drive to take an early 6-0 lead.

	The Titan offense owned the first quarter. Brookline's offense
	owned the second. The Knights erupted for three touchdowns.
	Mason Ventrone and Jonathan Morin both scored on breakaway
	runs, and Ventrone added another six-pack with a last minute
	pass reception from Nick Roell. Aidan Logan and Marques Watson
	added conversions to give the Knights a 22-6 halftime lead.

	Morin began the second half with a sixty-five yard kick return,
	followed by Jordan Bonilla's two-pointer, to increase the
	Knight advantage to 30-6. From that point on, the reserves
	finished the game and did well. In fact, the Brookline second
	teamers got the majority of playing time on this afternoon.

	Chad Lubawski and Deshaun Alexander played outstanding games on
	defense. Lubawski had several good tackles and forced a fumble.
	Alexander had a fumble recovery and a late-game interception,
	which he returned fifty-seven yards before being brought down.

	Next week the defending champion Knights head to the semi-final
	round looking for a return ticket to the SSYFL Super Bowl.
	WEEK #9 - October 19, 2013 - FINAL REGULAR SEASON GAME

	13-UNDER                              @ Bethel Park High School

	BROOKLINE 14 - Bethel Park 12 (Double Overtime)

	Scoring Summary:

	Curtis Bradley 52 run (conversion failed)
	Quran Powe 5 run (Brent Ivory pass from Jeremy Jenkins)

	Fumble Recovery: Quran Powe, Raekwon Caldwell

	NOTES: In the final regular season game, Coach Brian Nicholas
	and his Brookline Knights traveled to Park Avenue Field for
	their second meeting with the Hawks. In a game that had evolved
	into a preview of the 2013 SSYFL Super Bowl, the first-place
	Knights (7-0) and the second place Hawks (5-1) battled it out
	on a frigid evening. In a double overtime thriller, Brookline
	eeked out a 14-12 victory to put a wrap on the top seed.

	A heavy downpour prior to the game had the field soggy and the
	temperature dipping into the low-40s. As the game began, a veil
	of mist continued to linger, making the atmosphere feel like a
	freezer with no humidity control. It was cold!
The Knights warm up prior to the game.
It was bitterly cold at Park Avenue Field.
	The biting chill did not hamper Curtis Bradley, who fired up
	the crowd on the second play from scrimmage with a fifty-two
	yard touchdown run. Bradley bulled his way past several Hawks,
	then sprinted to the endzone to give the Knights a 6-0 lead.

	A good kick return by the Hawks put them at midfield to start
	their opening possession. Bethel advanced to the thirty-seven
	yard line before being forced to punt. For the next several
	series' neither team generated much offensive punch.

	Then, with three minutes to go in the half, the Hawks ran three
	running plays that advanced the ball sixty yards to the Knight
	four yard line. A short touchdown run with 1:37 remaining tied
	the score at 6-6. A conversion attempt up the middle was met by
	a wall of Knights. The halftime break began shortly after.

	Quran Powe began the second half by recovering a fumble	on the
	Bethel kick return. Brookline advanced to the Hawk twenty yard
	line before two penalties forced them back. A fumbled snap was
	recovered by the Hawks at their forty-two. Bethel moved across
	midfield and stalled. A booming punt rolled into the endzone
	for a touchback. The Knights took control on their twenty.

	A good run by Powe and a ten yard Hawk penalty were followed by
	another outstanding run by Bradley. Curtis sprinted sixty yards
	downfield and was brought down from behind at the Hawk two yard
	line. The Hawk defense rose to the occasion and held Brookline
	to one yard in four plays. It was a fabulous goal line stand.

	The Hawks took over on the one. The fourth quarter opened with
	Raekwon Caldwell recovering a fumble at the Bethel four yard
	line. Once again standing on the precipice, the Knights were
	unable to reach the endzone. A false start penalty was followed
	by a Bethel interception at the one yard line.
The Knight offense had to work hard to
overcome the staunch Hawk defense.
	This time the Hawks were able to move the ball out of their
	redzone. After two first downs the drive petered out. With four
	minutes to play in regulation, a poor Bethel punt went out of
	bounds at their own thirty-eight. The Knights pushed forward
	to the Hawk fifteen before a fourth down pass fell incomplete.

	After all this chilling excitement, the score remained 6-6. The
	final period expired and the game went into overtime. Sales of
	hot chocolate skyrocketed as the two team captains parlayed at
	midfield. The real-feel temperature was now in the 30s.

	Bethel won the coin toss and elected to let Brookline have the
	first offensive series. Two runs put the ball on the five. Two
	penalties moved it back to the twenty. Two incomplete passes
	ended the Knights possession. The ball went back to the ten.

	The Hawks ran three plays for three yards, then attempted a
	fourth down pass to the back of the endzone. The ball was on
	the mark. A fantastic play by Evan Miller, who swatted it out
	of the grasp of the Hawk receiver, saved the day.

	Brookline won the toss and chose to be on offense to start the
	second overtime. A five yard reception by Khalil Weathers was
	followed by a determined push to the endzone by Powe. Stood up
	at the two, it seemed as though the entire Knight team pushed
	Quran forward as the entire Hawk team tried to hold him back.

	After the whistles blew, the referees peeled the layers off the
	pile. At the bottom was Powe, with the ball safely over the
	plane. Quarterback Jeremy Jenkins, who struggled all evening
	with the passing game, followed up by throwing a perfect strike
	to Brent Ivory in the corner of the endzone for the two-point
	conversion. The Knights now led 14-6.
The Knight defense did what they had
to do to keep the Hawk attack in check.
	The Hawks answered that challenge with a five yard touchdown
	run on their possession to close the gap to 14-12. The outcome
	now rested firmly on the shoulders of the Knight defenders.

	The Bethel conversion run was a blast right up the gut. The
	Hawk was met quickly as he pounded into the line. It became
	another twenty-two man pile up. When the Bethel runner finally
	fell, short of the goal, the Brookline Knights erupted in
	celebration. They worked hard to earn this win.

	Aside from the miserable weather, this was a fantastic game.
	Each team battled it out on equal terms. The hits were fierce
	and emotions ran high on both sidelines. It may have been the
	most exciting game witnessed so far this year, and with first
	place on the line, it was definitely the most dramatic.

	The tale of the tape reads like this: The Knights gained 176
	total yards. They rushed thirty-one times for 172 and completed
	three of ten passes for twelve. Runners included Bradley 9/122,
	Powe 17/48, Weathers 2/8 and Jenkins 3/-6. Powe had nine more
	yards on two receptions and Ivory added three on one. Jenkins
	was sacked once for a loss of eight. The Knights were penalized
	TEN times for sixty-five yards.

	The Hawks gained 140 yards rushing on forty-four carries, and
	completed one of three passes for no gain. They were penalized
	four times for twenty-five yards. Bethel held a 7-3 advantage
	over the Knights in first downs. Some defenders who stood out
	with key tackles were Dominic Emma, Justice Jones, Mar Oaks,
	Nathan Kendall, Caldwell, Weathers, Jenkins and Powe.

	Brookline finished their regular season undefeated, with an 8-0
	record. Next week they have a bye and then it's on to the SSYFL
	Super Bowl for a rematch with these same Bethel Park Hawks.
	It should be a great game.
Pre-game warmups.    Timeout.

Quarterback Jeremy Jenkins and Coach Brian Nicholas.    The Knights exercise to stay warm at halftime.

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