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WEEK #8 - October 19, 2014 @ Danny McGibbeny Field
Washington 26 - BROOKLINE 0
NOTES: As part of the abridged PYFL playoff format, Brookline's
Little Knights got to play one more game at home against the
visiting Washington Prexies. Back on October 4, the Prexies
came to Brookline and powered their way to a 20-7 victory. They
repeated again today with a strong 26-0 win over the Knights.
The thermometer was holding steady at forty-one degrees when
the game began and perhaps the cold weather put a chill into
our little ones. Brookline struggled on both offense and
defense, finishing the extended season with a 1-7 record.
None-the-less, our proud young Knights ended the year with
their heads held high. Last week's victory at Baldwin was the
shining moment that we will keep stored in our memory from this
season, along with well-deserved respect for the grit and
determination that these kids have displayed during the past
three months of instructional football.
With the 9-Under team losing their playoff game later in the
morning, this was the final contest on the 7-Under calendar.
Congratulations to all of our Little Knights and their coaches
on a fine season. It was a pleasure watching you play ...
Mark Jameson, Michael Holloway, Dae'saun Runski, Christian
Mangan, Maxwell Wall, Tae'ron Runski, Diego Matthews, Tristan
Pezzelle, Kaden "Budda" Wysong, Dominic Perella, John Finello,
Tristen Nguyen, Max Marzina, Valentino Cercone, Matthew Wall,
Jacob Morrison, Davaughn Locust, Jonathan Bernotas, Leevon
Williams, Rico Harris, Cesare Miglioretti, Corey Davis, Eric
Thurman, Logan Oliverio and coaches John Marzina, Steve
Mescan, Frank Bernotas and John Finello.
WEEK #8 - October 19, 2014 - PYFL OPENING ROUND PLAYOFFS
9-UNDER @ Danny McGibbeny Field
Washington 14 - BROOKLINE 6
WA - 69 yard run (conversion run good - 1)
WA - 28 yard run (conversion run good - 1)
BR - Keshawn Harris 12 run (conversion failed)
NOTES: Brookline's 9-Under Varsity team squared off against the
Washington Prexies in the first round of the PYFL playoffs. The
Knights (4-3) had beaten the Prexies (3-4) soundly in Week #6
and were looking for a repeat on Brookline's home turf.
Instead, the Prexies came north from Washington PA and muscled
their way to a 14-6 victory over the favored Knights. With the
season on the line, Brookline's attack stumbled and stalled,
oftentimes missing golden opportunities due to penalties or
turnovers. The Prexies, on the other hand, played a strong game
and kept their mistakes to a minumum.
Washington took the opening kickoff and were forced to punt.
The ball touched one of the Knight players and was recovered by
the Prexies. The Brookline defense countered quickly. A good
hit by Amire Spencer caused a fumble. Racari El recovered.
The Knights moved the ball forward into the redzone but their
march was halted at the fifteen. The Prexies took the ball and
drove forward sixteen yards to the thirty-one as the first
quarter drew to a close.
On the initial play of the second period, a Prexie back burst
through the line and into the clear. The sixty-nine yard dash
put Washington up by six. A good conversion run made it 7-0.
Brookline suffered two critical penalties on the following
drive, one negating a long run by Keshawn Harris. After a four
yard gain on fourth and twenty, the Knights ceded the ball at
the Brookline forty. Three plays later the Prexies struck again
with a twenty-eight yard touchdown run. Another good conversion
increased the Washington advantage to 14-0.
The Knights got one more possession before the half ended. On
fourth and five from midfield, Racari El powered the ball six
yards for a first down. On the next play, Harris found a crease
and broke free onto the open prairie.
After gaining seventeen yards, with a clear field ahead of him,
Keshawn suddenly lost control of the ball and it was recovered
by a pursuing Prexie. The Washington offense returned the ball
to midfield before the first half clock expired.
After the intermission break, the Knights showed some signs of
recovery. On their first possession Brookline moved the ball
well before turning it over at the Washington thirty. On the
defensive side, Brookline pushed the Prexies back to their own
twenty-three to force a punt.
From the Washington forty-four yard line, Harris regained his
stride and moved the sticks to the ten. Two plays later, he ran
twelve yards to the endzone, cutting the Prexie lead to eight
at 14-6. On the two-point conversion run, Will Coleman bulled
his way forward but was stopped just inches short of the line.
The Knight defense once again stopped the Prexies on the next
series. Washington turned the ball over and Brookline began
another downfield drive. After moving the sticks once, a third
down pass from Racari El to A'Mirre Brown bounced off Brown's
helmet and careened into the open arms of a Prexie defender.
With the clock now a factor and Brookline still competing in a
one touchdown game, the Knight defense needed another quick
stop. Instead, Washington ground out a first down and moved the
ball twenty yards before being halted on fourth down.
With less than a minute to go, and no time outs remaining, the
Knights took possession. The team got off two plays for no
yardage before the clock expired. The game ended on that note
and the Washington Prexies advanced to the Semi-Final round.
This was a bit of a shocker for the Brookline players, coaches
and fans, who were primed for another big win over the kids
from down south. Unfortunately, this time around the Prexies
came ready to play, and pulled off a stunning upset.
The Brookline Nines' season has come to a conclusion. Despite
this playoff loss, there was much to be pleased with in the
performance of these young players and their coaches. All four
of the Brookline wins were resounding shutout victories, and
when the team was playing to potential they were unstoppable.
Hats off to all of our 9-Under Knights and their coaches for
another fine season. It's been fun watching you play ...
William Coleman, Amiri Anderson, Racari El, Stephen Mescan,
Mario Grannison, Keshawn Harris, A'Mirre Brown, Maurice Trent,
Jaimeer Williams, Dimajio Locante, Isaiah Dugan, Amire Spencer,
Connor Bonilla, Benjamin Luffy, Khalil Massey, Jordan Willard,
Anthony Herisko, Quinnie Walker, Raymar Coleman, Xavier Morris,
Benjamin Haniotakis, Silvio Lubawski, Malique Lewis-Brown,
David Reed, Landon Bauer, Lorenzo Harris, Brayden Smith, Damian
Szuch, Gregory Johnson, Robert Schulz, Tyler Oliverio, Aiden
Didion and coaches Jason Anderson, Brandon Beer, Rahim El,
Ruben McLauglin, Armond Morris and Eric Thurmon.
And To The Victor Go The Spoils
Congratulations to the Washington Prexies. Great Game!
Good luck in the upcoming playoff round.
WEEK #8 - October 19, 2014 @ Danny McGibbeny Field
9-UNDER JV GAME (exhibition)
BROOKLINE 28 - Washington 6
BR - Maurice Trent 18 run (Jaimeer Williams run)
BR - Mario Grannison 40 run (Malique Brown run)
BR - Maurice Trent 51 run (Maurice Trent run)
BR - Maurice Trent 35 run (Malique Brown run)
WA - 60 yard run (time expired)
NOTES: Brookline's 9-Under Junior Varsity Knights avenged their
Varsity brothers with a 28-6 win over Washington's JV Prexies.
Knowing that their season was ending after this game, these
younger Knights put it all together and, playing for pride, ran
roughshod over the visiting Prexies.
On Brookline's first possession, Mario Grannison's thirty yard
run set up a fifteen yard touchdown scamper by Maurice Trent. A
good conversion run by Jaimeer Williams made the score 7-0.
On the Knights next possession, Grannison broke free again,
this time blazing the entire forty yards to the pylon. Malique
Brown's conversion run up the gut increased the lead to 14-0.
Before the first half ended, Trent added another six-pack with
a fifty yard dash down the sideline. Maurice aced the point
after to give Brookline a 21-0 advantage at intermission.
The red hot Knights continued their blitz in the second half.
Khalil Massey recovered a Prexie fumble at the Knight forty. A
nice pass from Grannison to Connor Bonilla brought the ball to
the Washington thirty-five.
From there, Trent once again turned the corner and sped the
remaining distance for his third touchdown of the game. Brown
added his second successful conversion run to increase the
point spread to twenty-eight.
With the time clock ticking towards the end of regulation play,
Washington finally managed to crack the scoreboard with a sixty
yard touchdown run on the last snap of the game. No conversion
was attempted. The final score: Brookline 28 - Washington 6.
The Junior Varsity Nines ended their season with a respectable
4-4 record, the same as their Varsity brother Knights. They
outscored their opponents by a combined total of 112-81. The
speedy Maurice Trent accounted for seventy-six of those points
with twelve touchdowns and four conversions. The defenders
recorded two shutout efforts and ended the year with a dominant
performance. Way to go Knights. We are all proud of you!
WEEK #8 - October 19, 2014 - PYFL OPENING ROUND PLAYOFFS
11-UNDER @ Danny McGibbeny Field
BROOKLINE 30 - West Mifflin 0
Raeshawn Caldwell 18 run (Visawn Pennix run - 1)
Raeshawn Caldwell 37 run (Antwain Carter run - 2)
Antwain Carter 35 run (Raeshawn Caldwell run - 2)
Zaire Nelson 42 run (Branndon Pezzelle run - 1)
NOTES: Coach Joe and his Mighty Knights beat the West Mifflin
Titans 30-0 to advance to the Semi-Final round of the Parkway
Youth Football League playoffs. The undefeated Knights crushed
the winless Titans in a game that was, for all intents and
purposes, over before it started.
The Titans showed up at McGibbeny Field with a roster that had
only twelve players. The Knights showed up with all of their
big guns locked and loaded. The result was an instant massacre.
West Mifflin took the opening kick and were pushed back twelve
yards. A third down fumble was recovered by Alexander Jones. On
Brookline's first play from scrimmage, Raeshawn Caldwell ran
eighteen yards for a quick six. Visawn Pennix added a point
with a good conversion run from the three.
The Titans were held to zero yardage in four plays on the next
series. Pennix then burst forth with a thirty-five yard dash
to the endzone. A penalty negated Visawn's fine run. Two plays
later, Caldwell covered thirty-seven yards for his second score
of the game. Antwain Carter's two-point conversion surge up the
middle put the Knights ahead 15-0.
A nice kickoff return put West Mifflin near midfield. The
punishing Knight defense again pushed them back, this time
fourteen yards, forcing a punt. Antwan Peterson returned the
kick twenty-one yards to the Titan thirty-five.
From there, Carter breached the line and scampered all the way
for another Knight touchdown. Caldwell's two-pointer increased
the lead to 23-0. With the Titans down to eleven men, the West
Mifflin coach requested the running clock and was prepared to
throw in the towel if Brookline didn't go to the second string.
Coach Joe obliged and the game continued.
Linebacker Idris Wilson recovered a fumble on West Mifflin's
next series and the Knights were back in control. The rest of
the game was played on more even terms. The defenses dug in and
neither team could move the ball the remainder of the half.
During the intermission break the Knights cheerleaders put on
their final performance of the season before the home crowd. As
usual the girls dazzled the crowd with their spirited routine.
Instructors Trina Burkhard and Christina Cagey, along with
junior coaches Kiersten Swanson and Tatum Grover, have done a
fine job building and training a talented troupe.
With the starters sidelined and the clock on the fast pace, the
second half moved quickly. Brookline took the kickoff and the
Knight reserves went right to work. Michael Jackson ran sixteen
yards into Titan territory to set up a forty-two yard slash and
dash scoring run by Zaire Nelson. A successful point-after by
Branndon Pezzelle made the score 30-0.
The Titans offense then put together their finest drive of the
game. Three first downs moved West Mifflin to the Brookline
thirty yard line. The defenders got tough and pushed them back.
On third and twenty-seven, John Brueken recovered a loose ball
to end the uprising.
Late in the game, Jackson intercepted a Titan pass to give
Brookline one final possession. Strong running by Wilson and
Jackson moved the ball to the Titan twenty before the referee
mercifully signalled that the clock had expired.
Considering what they were up against, the Titans deserve a
round of applause for just showing up to play. They didn't
stand a chance and they knew it, yet the young and the brave
took the field and did their best against overwhelming odds.
That alone took a lot of guts and earned them due respect.
Next Sunday the Brookline Knights (8-0) travel to Moon Area
High School to take on the Moon Tigers (5-3) in the Semi-Final
round. Gametime is 2:00pm. In the other Semi-Final matchup,
Montour (7-1) plays Chartiers Valley (6-2) at Montour. The
winners will return on November 2 to compete in the 1st Annual
PYFL Super Bowl game at Chartiers Valley High School.
Cheerleader Bake Sale and Basket Raffle
On August 27, 2014 just three days before the first home game,
the Knights scoreboard at McGibbeny Field, first installed in
the summer of 2003, was struck by a lightning and rendered
inoperable. The surge of electricity fried the components. The
Knights organization is now looking to purchase a new $9000
scoreboard and have it in place by next season.
In an effort to raise capital for the equipment, all of the
proceeds from today's game went towards that goal. In addition
to the standard concession sales and 50-50 drawings, the Knight
cheerleaders hosted a bake sale and basket raffle during the
game. There were plenty of tasty treats and some nice gifts in
There was also a special donation of $1000 from the Golf For
Zach Foundation in memory of Zachary Sheridan, a Brookline
Knight that lost his life in a tragic shooting.
Thanks to everyone who brought goods and to the cheerleaders
for making the effort to raise the much-needed funds. It is
this kind of support that helps to make the Brookline Knights
organization one of the best in the city.
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