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WEEK #10 - October 27, 2013 - SSYFL SEMI-FINAL PLAYOFFS
8-UNDER @ Moon High School
Montour 12 - BROOKLINE 6 (OT)
Keshawn Harris 2 run (conversion failed)
Fumble Recovery: Keshawn Harris, A'Mirre Brown (2)
NOTES: Coach Jason and Brookline's eight-year old Knights came
to Moon High School for their semi-final matchup against the
Montour Spartans. Despite a two-to-one advantage in offensive
production, and a three-to-one edge in time of possession, the
Knights saw their Super Bowl dreams come to an abrupt end after
losing a heart-breaking 12-6 overtime decision.
Montour struck first on their opening possession. A fifty-one
yard run positioned them on the Brookline four yard line. A
Spartan back covered the remaining distance to stake Montour to
an early 6-0 lead. The conversion run was stopped by a wall of
Knights to hold the damage to only six points.
The Spartans threatened again on their next series, advancing
the ball to the Brookline twenty-six before their drive stalled
on fourth down. The Knights countered with a long march into
Montour territory. Strong running by Keshawn Harris and Racari
El moved the sticks three times before the green and black rush
ended at the Spartan thirty-three.
A nice defensive stand gave the ball back to the Knights with
only twenty-seven seconds remaining in the half. Harris rumbled
thirty-six yards on two carries. The final play of the first
half saw A'Mirre Brown bull his way to the Spartan seventeen
before being brought down. Time expired and the Knights entered
the intermission break still trailing by the score of 6-0.
The second half saw the Knights dominate in both yardage gained
and in time of possession. The Spartans managed just five plays
in the entire sixteen minutes. At 5:32 of the third quarter,
Brookline's offense began a drive from their own fourteen yard
line. Sixteen plays and eleven minutes later, Harris blasted up
the middle for a two-yard touchdown plunge to even the score.
A failed conversion run left the game deadlocked at 6-6.
Moments later, a fumble recovery by Harris gave Brookline great
field position at the Spartan thirty-seven. With an opportunity
to put the game away, a twenty-five yard run by Brown advanced
Brookline to the Montour ten with just under a minute to play.
The Montour defenders rose to the occasion and stood fast. Four
running plays left the gallant Knights standing four yards shy
of the endzone when the buzzer signaled the end of regulation.
With the score still tied, 6-6, the game entered overtime.
Montour won the toss and took the first offensive possession.
An encroachment call against the Knights moved the ball forward
to the five. After two runs netted three yards, the Spartans
scored on a two yard sweep. The Knight defenders squashed the
Spartan conversion attempt. With Montour now ahead, 12-6, the
ball was moved back to the ten and Brookline took control.
With the season on the line, Racari El powered the ball ahead
to the five with two tough runs. A fumbled snap on third down
set the Knights back one yard. On fourth down, Harris took the
handoff and fought his way forward. Keshawn was hauled down by
a band of Spartans just three yards short of the goal line.
On that note, the Brookline Knights campaign came to an end.
Offensively, Brookline outgained the Spartans 232 to 115, and
held a 24:18-7:42 advantage in ball possession. They registered
eleven first downs to the Spartans two. The Knights led every
offensive category except the two that really matter, penalties
and points. Brookline was penalized five times and Montour was
flagged only twice. Both teams had one turnover.
Rushers for the Knights included Harris 22/155, Brown 10/47,
Racari El 11/35 and Will Coleman 1/-5. For Keshawn Harris, his
scoring run increases his total to sixteen touchdowns in nine
games. Including a pair of conversions, that brings Keshawn's
total to an even 100 points for the year.
It is disappointing to miss a shot at Super Bowl glory, but our
young Knights can look back on their season with pride. They
finished with a 6-3 record and, in the semi-finals, fought hard
against a tough Montour team. They never gave up hope, and like
they did all year long, played with grit and determination.
Congratulations to the Brookline Eights on a fantastic year.
The Players: William Coleman, Racari El, Mario Grannison, Pacey
Daniels, Amiri Colbert-Anderson, Anthony Herisko, David Reed,
Stephen Mescan, Geno Spadafora, Tyler Oliverio, Keshawn Harris,
Gregory Johnson, Jaimeer Williams, Quinnie Walker, Raymar
Coleman, Silvio Lubawski, Damian Szuch and A'Mirre Brown.
The Coaches: Jason Anderson, Rob Daniels, Eric Thurmon,
Brandon Beer and Rahim El.
Here is a play-by-play chronicle of the Knights-Spartans game:
Montour wins coin toss - elects to start on offense.
Montour takes possession at the Montour forty.
Montour ball - 8:00 1st Quarter
M40 - 1/10 - Five yard run
M45 - 2/05 - Fifty-one yard run
B04 - 1/10 - Four yard run - TOUCHDOWN!
Two yard run
SCORE: MONTOUR 6 - BROOKLINE 0
Brookline takes possession at the Brookline forty.
Brookline ball - 6:58 1st Quarter
B40 - 1/10 - Keshawn Harris 3 run
B43 - 2/07 - Keshawn Harris 5 run
B48 - 3/02 - A'Mirre Brown run for no gain
B48 - 4/02 - punt
Montour takes possession at the Montour thirty-two.
Montour ball - 3:38 1st Quarter
M32 - 1/10 - Five yard run
M37 - 2/05 - Run for three yard loss
M34 - 3/10 - Fifteen yard run
M49 - 1/10 - Run for no gain
M49 - 2/10 - Sixteen yard run
B35 - 1/10 - Run for no gain
B35 - 2/10 - One yard run
End of 1st Quarter
B34 - 3/09 - Six yard run
B28 - 4/03 - Two yard run
Montour turns the ball over on downs.
Brookline ball - 7:36 2nd Quarter
B26 - 1/10 - PENALTY - Brookline - false start - 5 yards
B21 - 1/15 - PENALTY - Brookline - holding - 10 yards
B11 - 1/25 - A'Mirre Brown 11 run
B22 - 2/14 - Keshawn Harris 23 run
B45 - 1/10 - Keshawn Harris 11 run
M44 - 1/10 - Racari El 10 run
M34 - 1/10 - Racari El 2 run
M32 - 2/08 - A'Mirre Brown run for six yard loss
PENALTY - Brookline - holding - 10 yards
M48 - 2/20 - Keshawn Harris 5 run
M43 - 3/15 - Keshawn Harris 8 run
M35 - 4/07 - Keshawn Harris 2 run
Brookline turns the ball over on downs.
Montour ball - 1:38 2nd Quarter
M33 - 1/10 - Run for two yard loss
M31 - 2/12 - Five yard run
M36 - 3/07 - Pass incomplete
M36 - 4/07 - punt
Brookline takes possession at the Brookline thirty-nine.
Brookline ball - 0:27 2nd Quarter
B39 - 1/10 - Keshawn Harris 28 run
M32 - 1/10 - Keshawn Harris 8 run
M24 - 2/02 - A'Mirre Brown 7 run
M17 - 1/10 - GAME CLOCK EXPIRES - HALFTIME
HALFTIME SCORE: MONTOUR 6 - BROOKLINE 0
Second Half begins ...
Brookline takes possession at the Brookline forty.
Brookline ball - 8:00 3rd Quarter
B40 - 1/10 - Keshawn Harris run for no gain
B40 - 2/10 - A'Mirre Brown run for no gain - FUMBLE
Ball recovered by Montour.
Montour takes possession at the Brookline forty.
B40 - 1/10 - Run for two yard loss
B42 - 2/12 - Four yard run
B38 - 3/08 - Three yard run
B35 - 3/05 - punt
Brookline takes possession at the Brookline fourteen.
Brookline ball - 5:32 - 3rd Quarter
B14 - 1/10 - Keshawn Harris 9 run
B23 - 2/01 - Keshawn Harris 22 run
B45 - 1/10 - Will Coleman run for five yard loss
B40 - 2/15 - Racari El 7 run
B47 - 3/08 - A'Mirre Brown 6 run
M47 - 4/02 - Racari El 4 run
M43 - 1/10 - Racari El 1 run
End of 3rd Quarter
M42 - 2/09 - Keshawn Harris 5 run
M37 - 3/04 - Keshawn Harris 2 run
M35 - 4/02 - Racari El 6 run
M29 - 1/10 - Racari El run for two yard loss
M31 - 2/12 - Racari El 1 run
M30 - 3/11 - PENALTY - Montour - encroachment - five yards
M25 - 3/06 - PENALTY - Montour - encroachment - five yards
M20 - 3/01 - Racari El 1 run
M19 - 1/10 - Keshawn Harris 11 run
M08 - 1/08 - Keshawn Harris 6 run
M02 - 2/02 - Keshawn Harris 2 run
Keshawn Harris run for one yard loss
SCORE: BROOKLINE 6 - MONTOUR 6
Montour takes possession at the Montour forty.
Montour ball - 2:24 4th Quarter
M40 - 1/10 - Run for three yard loss - FUMBLE
Ball recovered by Jamyle Liebro.
Brookline takes possession at the Montour thirty-seven.
Brookline ball - 2:11 4th Quarter
M37 - 1/10 - Keshawn Harris 2 run
M35 - 2/08 - A'Mirre Brown 25 run
M10 - 1/10 - A'Mirre Brown run for one yard loss
M11 - 2/11 - Keshawn Harris run for one yard loss
M12 - 3/12 - Keshawn Harris 2 run
M10 - 4/10 - A'Mirre Brown six run
CLOCK EXPIRES TO END GAME
SCORE: BROOKLINE 6 - MONTOUR 6
GAME HEADS INTO OVERTIME
Montour wins coin toss and takes first possession.
X10 - 1/10 - PENALTY - Brookline - encroachment - five yards
X05 - 1/05 - Three yard run
X02 - 2/02 - Run for no gain
X02 - 3/02 - Two yard run
Run for one yard gain
SCORE: MONTOUR 12 - BROOKLINE 6
Brookline takes possession at the ten yard line.
X10 - 1/10 - Racari El 3 run
X07 - 2/07 - Racari El 2 run
X05 - 3/05 - A'Mirre Brown run for one yard loss
X06 - 4/06 - Keshawn Harris 3 run
BROOKLINE FAILS TO SCORE - MONTOUR WINS THE GAME
FINAL SCORE: MONTOUR 12 - BROOKLINE 6
WEEK #10 - October 27, 2013 - SSYFL SEMI-FINAL PLAYOFFS
10-UNDER @ Moon High School
Montour 32 - BROOKLINE 20
Raeshawn Caldwell 55 run (Visawn Pennix run)
Jamyle Liebro 63 run (conversion failed)
Jamyle Liebro 54 run (conversion failed)
Fumble Recovery: Raeshawn Caldwell
Interception: Jamyle Liebro
NOTES: Coach Bruce and his ten-year old Knights came to Moon
High School for the semi-final matchup with their arch-rival,
the defending champion Montour Spartans. The Knights hoped to
vanquish their nemesis and secure a return trip to the SSYFL
Super Bowl. As expected, the Knights and Spartans stood
toe-to-toe and put on quite a show.
Montour quickly built a comfortable lead, then worked hard to
hold back the determined Knights. In the end, Brookline was
unable to overcome the early point deficit and struggled with
untimely mistakes. When the dust cleared on the field of
battle, the Spartans of Montour emerged victorious. The 32-20
defeat put an end to Brookline's Super Bowl aspirations.
The first half began poorly for the Knights. Pinned deep by a
good Spartan kickoff, a turnover gave Montour the ball at the
Brookline eight yard line. The Spartans ran it in from there,
then threw a good conversion pass to take an early 8-0 lead.
Another deep kickoff set the Knights back at the twelve to
begin their next offensive series. A penalty forced Brookline
into reverse. Two successive rushes for losses resulted in a
Spartan safety and a 10-0 Montour advantage.
The Knight defense held the Spartans at midfield and forced a
punt. It was another fine kick that went out of bounds at the
Knight eleven yard line. Montour pushed Brookline back a yard
to the ten. A fourth down punt was fielded at the twenty-eight
and returned all the way to increase the Spartan lead to 16-0.
A nice kick return by Raeshawn Caldwell gave Brookline a chance
to strike back from midfield. Three plays later Caldwell turned
the corner and dashed fifty-five yards to put the Knights on
the board. Visawn Pennix's conversion run made the score 16-8.
As the clock ticked towards the end of the first quarter, the
Spartans fired another salvo with a thirty yard run, followed
by a forty yard scamper down the sideline. In just ten minutes,
the Spartans had blitzed their way to a stunning 24-8 lead.
The Spartans struck another blow just two minutes later. Once
again they forced the Knights deep into their own zone with a
booming kickoff. A ten yard penalty set Brookline back further.
Then, a Montour defender broke through the Knights front line
and tipped an intended pitch to the left. The Spartan snagged
the ball out of mid-air and returned it ten yards for a fourth
Montour score. The Knights, straining under the flurry of
Spartan blows, soon regained their composure.
As the second quarter drew to a close, the Knights launched a
spirited counterattack. Liebro broke loose for a sixty-three
yard touchdown run, then intercepted a pass to give Brookline
another opportunity. Jamyle scored again, with nineteen seconds
remaining, on another cross-country flight. In the blink of an
eye, Brookline had cut the Spartan lead to twelve points. The
halftime score read: Montour 32 - Brookline 20.
After the intermission, the Knights fought hard to keep the
pressure on the Spartans. Liebro recovered an onside kick to
put Brookline back in control at midfield. On the next play,
Jamyle found a crease and scurried twenty-five yards to the
Spartan twenty-two yard line. A holding call negated the run.
A fourteen yard reception by Pennix was followed by another
long Liebro run. This time Jamyle sped forty-five yards to the
endzone. The Knights elation turned to frustration when more
penalty flags littered the turf. Another critical holding call
brought the ball back. The Knights were becoming the victims of
their own mistakes. The game clock was also becoming a factor.
While the Brookline attackers searched for a way to score, the
scrappy defenders held the Spartans offense in check. Brookline
mounted one final charge midway through the fourth quarter. A
forty-four yard run by Liebro put the Knights at the Montour
twenty-five. The forward momentum soon fizzled, and on fourth
down a fine pass from Grant Hamilton to Andrew Cagey was on
target in the endzone, but also well-covered. The ball fell to
the ground, and so went Brookline's dream of Super Bowl glory.
Montour took over at the two minute mark and ran out the clock.
The Spartans earned their return trip to the Big Dance and the
Knights season came to a conclusion.
By the numbers, the Brookline offense gained 214 yards, with
200 on the ground and fourteen through the air. Rushers were
Liebro 11/155, Caldwell 10/47, Pennix 3/5, Hamilton 1/4,
Peterson 3/-5 and Antwain Carter 2/-6. Pennix had the Knights
only pass reception on five throwing attempts. Brookline's
Achilles Heel was their two turnovers and seven penalties.
The Spartans gained 171 yards. They rushed twenty-eight times
for 159, completed two of eight passes for another eighteen,
and suffered one sack for a loss of six. Montour was penalized
three times, had one turnover, and held a five-to-one advantage
in first downs.
The Knights finish their season with an impressive 7-2 record.
They outscored their opponents by a combined score of 246-82.
In the past two years they have won sixteen of twenty games for
a solid .800 winning percentage. Although they will have to
wait another year for a chance at an elusive championship, they
also accomplished quite a bit and should take pride in their
many team and individual achievements.
Speaking of achievements, Jamyle Liebro's two touchdowns gave
him fifteen for the season. He finished with a grand total of
ninety-two points. Over the past two years, Liebro has lit up
the scoreboard thirty-two times and amassed exactly 200 points.
Congratulations to the Brookline Tens on a fantastic season.
The Players: Visawn Pennix, Nicholas Ault, Zachary Kalsek,
Billy Astorino, Grant Hamilton, Jamyle Liebro, Gerard Sicilia,
Antwan Peterson, Sean Smith, Dustin Seddon, Antwain Carter,
Nathaniel Wilson, Brandon McGough, Andrew Cagey, Mekhi Gay,
Nathan Trainer, Michael Jackson, Raeshawn Caldwell, Nathaniel
Sesay, Mekhi Gay, Dylan Studer and Jeremiah Davis.
The Coaches: Bruce Morefield, Dave Trainer and Jay Webster.
WEEK #10 - October 26, 2013 - SSYFL SEMI-FINAL PLAYOFFS
11-UNDER @ Ross Elementary
BROOKLINE 40 - West Allegheny 14
Marques Watson 27 run (Mason Ventrone run)
Jack Sullivan 75 pass from Nick Roell (Jonathan Morin run)
Mason Ventrone 11 run (conversion failed)
Marques Watson 4 run (conversion failed)
Jonathan Morin 30 pass from Nick Roell (conversion failed)
Jonathan Morin 37 interception return (conversion failed)
Fumble Recovery: Nick Roell, Jahmaine Hatten, Jordan Bonilla
Interception: Nick Roell (2), Jonathan Morin
NOTES: Coach Donnie and his defending champion eleven-year olds
took on the West Allegheny Indians in the semi-final round of
the 2013 playoffs, looking for a return trip to the title game.
The Knights soundly defeated the Indians, 40-14, and earned the
privilege of playing in their third successive SSYFL Super Bowl
next Sunday afternoon at Montour High School.
Led by the fine running of Marques Watson and Mason Ventrone,
and the accurate passing touch of quarterback Nick Roell, the
Knights erupted for four first half touchdowns to build a 28-0
halftime lead. The victorious Knights coasted through the
second half en route to a dominating command performance.
Jack Sullivan got the game started with a ten yard kick return.
Watson got the scoring started on Brookline's third play from
scrimmage with a twenty-seven yard touchdown run. Ventrone's
two-pointer put Brookline up 8-0.
A booming Indian punt put Brookline back on the attack at their
own twenty-two yard line. Two short runs led to an excellent
pass from Roell to Sullivan, who broke free of his defender and
scurried downfield for a seventy-five yard touchdown reception.
Jonathan Morin's conversion run made it 16-0.
A nice kickoff return put West Allegheny back in possession
near midfield. The Indians picked up a quick first down, then
attempted a pass that was intercepted by Roell. The Indians
defense held the Knights back and forced a punt. The Knight
defenders stood fast and returned the favor.
Midway through the second quarter, a forty yard run by Watson
set up an eleven yard endzone dash by Ventrone. A second Roell
interception on the Indians next series led to a fourth Knight
goal line march. With forty-one seconds remaining in the half,
Watson burst through the middle, bulling his way across the
plane for a four yard score, sending Brookline into the
intermission break leading 28-0.
West Allegheny opened the second half with a thirty-seven yard
kickoff return, followed by a twenty yard run that postioned
them at the Brookline six yard line. An Indian runner covered
the remaining distance on their next play. A good conversion
pass shaved the Knight lead to 28-8.
Roell responded by leading Brookline on another successful
downfield journey. This time Nick threw a thirty yard scoring
toss to Morin. Just a short minute later, Jonathan put the
Knights back into the endzone by intercepting an Indian pass
at the West Allegheny thirty-seven and returning it all the
way for Brookline's sixth touchdown, and a 40-8 Knight lead.
West Allegheny increased their point total to fourteen with a
thirty-five yard catch-and-run midway through the last period.
An attempted onside kick was recovered by Aidan Logan. Jordan
Bonilla called the final few snaps and the game clock expired.
The scoreboard read: Brookline 40 - West Allegheny 14.
The Brookline offense gained 259 total yards. The running game
contributed 154 on thirty-four carries and Roell completed two
of four passes for an additional 105. Knight rushers included:
Watson 13/134, Ventrone 9/46, Aaron King 1/2, Bonilla 4/0,
Morin 2/-6, Dante Douglas 1/-4, John Slebrich 1/-4 and Jahmaine
Hatten 3/-14. Roell connected with Sullivan and Morin, both for
touchdowns. The Knights rumbled for six first downs and were
penalized five times.
West Allegheny gained eighty-five total yards. They rushed
twenty-two times for fifty-eight and completed four of nine
passes for twenty-seven, including one touchdown and three
interceptions. The Indians were penalized only once and
registered three first downs. The Knight defense played with
their customary verve and did a fine job stomping the Indians.
The Knights appear to have regained that cutting edge. They
look primed and ready to defend their title. There's just one
more week of practice and then it's time to take the stage at
the Big Dance. Brookline's Super Bowl opponent will be the
Thomas-Jefferson Jaguars. The game will be played Sunday,
November 3, at Montour High School - 3:00pm.
Keep working hard. Go Knights!
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WEEK #10 - October 26, 2013
BYE - NO GAME
NOTE: The 13-Under team will play next week in Super Bowl VIII.
There opponent will be the Bethel Park Hawks. The game will be
played Sunday, November 3, at Montour High School - 5:00pm.
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