Lexie Bouchard, Mariah Green,
Farrah Love, Cassandra Cagey, Nina Hammock, Kassidy McKown, Rebecca Carrozzi,
Jaida Heidkamp, Mackenzie O'Toole, Rhiannon Carrozzi, Anai Jimenez,
Rylee Roscoe, Alyssa Darden, Anna Kosslow, Brogan Victor, Shiloh Dougherty,
Roberta Liddle and Breonna Williams. The Coaches are Pam Carrozzi and
Christina Cagey. The Junior Coach is Megan Falce.
Improvise, Adapt, Overcome
Coaches Jerry and Joe (left) do whatever
it takes to keep the footballs dry when the rains from Hurricane
began on October 27; The ponchos do little to shield coaches Jerry
and Don from getting pelted with hail stones
during a game at West Mifflin (right) the week before. They improvised,
they adapted and they overcame.
By season's end, these Knights had played in blazing heat, bitter cold,
snow, driving rain and hail.
Coach Donnie and his Wild Stallions
2012 SSYFL Super Bowl Champions
Mid-Atlantic Classic Series Holiday Tournament
On Thanksgiving weekend,
November 23-25, 2012, the SSYFL champion Brookline Knights ten-year
olds traveled to Canonsburg, Pennsylvania to participate in the
Mid-Atlantic Classic Series, a three-day holiday tournament that
included teams from across the Mid-Atlantic region. As they did
all season long, the Knights swept through the competition in
route to the M.A.C.S. championship. They began the weekend with
a 26-0 victory over Canon-McMillan on Friday, followed by a 41-6
thrashing of the West Buffalo New York Bears.
The Knights opened the tournament with
a convincing 26-0 victory over the host team, Canon-McMillan.
It was snowy and cold for Saturday's
41-6 win over the Bears from West Buffalo, New York.
Brookline met the Bethel Park
Hawks in the championship game. The Knights jumped off to a 13-0 halftime
lead, then turned to their defense to hold back a strong Hawk attack.
Quinn Hunter, Dante Douglas, Jahmaine Hatten, Jack Sullivan and J.B.
Nelson all stepped up their game and kept the Hawks in check to
preserve Brookline's claim to the M.A.C.S. 2012 title. At the awards
presentation, Mason Ventrone was chosen as Outstanding Player and
Quinn Hunter received Honorable Mention for his play on both the
offensive and defensive line.
The 2012 Brookline 10-year olds gather
before their final game - November 25, 2012.
The Knights take the field to play
Bethel Park (left); The Knights defense recorded their ninth shutout.
Aidan Logan and Ambre Hunter draw a bead
on the Bethel quarterback (left) and a huddle on the sideline.
Mason Ventrone runs for some tough
yardage (left) and a Bethel runner looks for a hole.
Jack Sullivan make a fine stop downfield
(left) and Quinn Hunter records one of his two sacks.
The two teams shake hands after the game
(left) and the Knights accept their championship ribbons.
Thanks to the fans who braved the cold
weather to cheer their Knights on to victory.
Mason Ventrone was voted Outstanding
Player (left) and Coach Don congratulates his champions.
For the record, Marques Watson's six
touchdowns raised his season total to twenty-three, and Mason Ventrone's four
scores brought his tally to twenty-one. This is the first time Brookline has
had two players on the same team with over twenty touchdowns. The three
tournament victories brought the 10-Under Knights complete 2012 season record
to an incredible 14-0, including nine shutouts. The fourteen wins are the
most in Brookline Knights history, and further proof that this is one of the
elite teams in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
M.A.C.S. Game Results
Friday - November 23, 2012
Game #1 @ Chartiers-Houston High School
BROOKLINE 14 - 6 - 0 - 6 26
Canon-McMillan 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 0
Mason Ventrone 29 pass from Nick Roell (Dominic Leonard run)
Marques Watson 2 run (Nick Roell pass from Mason Ventrone)
Marques Watson 1 run (conversion failed)
Marques Watson 16 run (conversion failed)
Interception: Jack Sullivan
Saturday - November 24, 2012
Game #2 @ Chartiers-Houston High School
BROOKLINE 14 - 14 - 7 - 6 41
West Buffalo 0 - 0 - 0 - 6 6
Mason Ventrone 46 run (Marques Watson run)
Marques Watson 4 run (Dominic Leonard run)
Mason Ventrone 42 run (Aidan Logan pass from Nick Roell)
Marques Watson 4 run (Dominic Leonard run)
Marques Watson 19 run (Aidan Logan pass from Nick Roell)
Demetri Bose 75 run (conversion failed)
Fumble Recovery: Marques Watson, Aidan Logan
Sunday - November 25, 2012 - TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Game #3 @ North Strabane Park
BROOKLINE 7 - 6 - 0 - 0 13
Bethel Park 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 0
Mason Ventrone 5 run (Dominic Leonard run)
Nick Roell 1 run (conversion failed)
Fumble Recovery: Mason Ventrone, Quinn Hunter, J.B. Nelson
Interception: Jack Sullivan
* Note: In tournament play a conversion was worth one point.
Photos courtesy of John Munn and Linda Hackett.
The 2012 Brookline Knights 10-year olds -
M.A.C.S. Champions - November 25, 2012.
The Ventrone Brothers - Knights in the NFL
On September 29, 2012, the ten-year old
team was treated to a visit by two current NFL players who got their start playing
with the Brookline Knights. Raymond "Bubba" Ventrone and his younger brother
Ross visited McGibbeny field to watch their cousin Mason and his team take on
the West Allegheny Indians. The Brookline players were thrilled to get to meet
their NFL brothers and went on to earn their respect with a 26-6 victory.
Ross, Mason and Ray Ventrone; Three
Ray was the star halfback of
the 1996 Brookline 13-Under championship team, scoring a then-record
twenty-seven touchdowns. Ross played for both the 1998 Mitey-Mite and the 1996 Termite championship teams. Now, young Mason
is working hard to carry on that winning tradition. Mason's seventeen
touchdowns and fine play on defense helped lead his 2012 10-Under Knights
team to a title.
The Ventrone brothers went on to play
their college ball at Villanova University. As a junior in 2003, Ray was
selected to the All-Atlantic 10 Conference first team and finished his college
career with 251 tackles, two sacks, and five forced fumbles. Ross recorded 64
tackles and one interception in 2007, 61 tackles and four interceptions in 2008,
and was part of the Wildcats' NCAA Division I FCS Championship in 2009, when
he recorded 73 tackles and three sacks.
Ray Ventrone of the Cleveland Browns
and Ross Ventrone of the New England Patriots.
Ray's NFL career began in 2005. He's
a former member of the New England Patriots (2005-2006, 2007-2008) and the
New York Jets (2007), and has been with the Cleveland Browns since 2009.
He was on the Patriots roster for Super Bowl XLII in Phoenix, where he
recorded his first NFL tackle on special teams.
Video - Ray Ventrone making a tackle during
Super Bowl XLII
Patriots coach Bill Belichick
commented, "No one works harder than Ray. He's a smart football player.
He puts his heart and soul into it every time he steps onto the field. It
doesn't matter if it's a regular season or postseason game or a walkthrough
practice. He has that same intensity and same level of competitiveness on
every single play. You've got to love that about Ray. He's a tough kid.
He's got good speed. He's got good quickness. He's strong for his size.
He's not a real tall guy, but he's well put together. He's got good power
and he plays very aggressively. That stuff will carry a long
Ray Ventrone at Super Bowl XLII in Phoenix
and Ross Ventrone at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.
The Patriots signed Ross to their
practice squad in 2010. In 2011 he was activated for eight regular season
games, recording one tackle on defense and two on special teams, and was
present in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI. Ross has gained a unique
distinction in the Boston area, where he is known as "Mr. Transaction."
He's become famous for being repeatedly released and re-signed by the
team, either to the active roster or the practice squad. His latest release
was on August 26, 2012. It was the 29th transaction since Ross first joined
the Patriots on April 29, 2010. He's currently a free agent.
So many of our Brookline football players
dream of an opportunity to play in the NFL some day. Ray and Ross Ventrone had
that same dream, and it started right here playing football for the Brookline
Knights. Through hard work and dedication, both in the classroom and on the
playing field, they made their dream come true. That was the message they
gave to our young players, along with the motto of the brotherhood,
"Once a Knight, Always a Knight."
Year-End Banquet - December 9, 2012
The 10-Under team gathered one last time
at the 2012 Banquet to celebrate their super season.