Brookline Knights Football Association
The 2013 11-Under Brookline Knights
SSYFL Record: 9-1, Final Record: 14-1

Brookline's Mighty Knights Are Back-To-Back Champions
The Year of the Four Horsemen

On November 3, 2013, Brookline's eleven-year old defending champion Knights captured their second straight SSYFL championship with a 26-0 victory over the Thomas-Jefferson Jaguars. The title repeat put an exclamation mark on another dominating campaign, one in which the Mighty Knights registered six shutouts on their way to an overall 9-1 record.

Coached by Don Helman, the Knights began the season by trouncing their first six opponents and extending their two-year winning streak to seventeen games (twenty-one including tournament games). A shocking loss in Week #7 to the Moon Tigers brought the high-flying Knights back to earth and provided the spark that propelled them through their three-game playoff run. After vanquishing the Jaguars in the championship, the players once again hoisted the Super Bowl trophy and staked their claim as one of the best gridiron teams to ever wear the Green and Black of the Brookline Knights.

Brookline's Back-To-Back Champions
hoist the 2013 Super Bowl Trophy.
Brookline's Back-To-Back Champions hoist the 2013 Super Bowl Trophy.

Throughout the season, the Knights held firm to Coach Don's philosophy of hard-hitting, fundamental football. The offense featured a backfield that resembled the legendary Four Horsemen of Notre Dame. Quarterback Nick Roell and running backs Marques Watson, Mason Ventrone and Jonathan Morin ran wild behind an offensive line that surged forward like a battering ram. These trench warriors included J.B. Nelson, Aidan Logan, Zachary Munn, Terrence Rudolph, Shane Woodhall, Quinn Hunter, Aaron King and Jack Sullivan.

Together, the four horsemen combined for a grand total of forty-one touchdowns in ten games. Ventrone led the team with fourteen, followed by Morin with thirteen and Watson's eleven. Roell ran for one score and passed for another nine. This was the first time that Brookline has fielded a team featuring four players who produced ten touchdowns or more. Overall, the offense accounted for 306 of the team's 318 points this season.

The Knight offense alone
averaged 30.6 points per game.
The team averaged 31.8.
Brookline's offense stampeded through the competition, averaging thirty points per game.

On the opposite side of the line of scrimmage, the Knight defense yielded an average of only 5.6 points per game. Front linemen Nelson, Munn, Rudolph, Sullivan and Jahmaine Hatten continually punished opposing runners, while linebackers Ventrone, Morin, Watson, Roell and Hunter battered anyone bold enough to attempt a breakout. The airways were kept free and clear by safety Demetri Bose, who registered five interceptions.

Brookline's defense played strong
all season line, giving up only 56 points.
Brookline's defense had six shutouts and gave up only fifty-six points all season long.

The fourth quarter belonged to the reserve Knights, who put the finishing touch on the Brookline victories. Quarterback Jordan Bonilla and runners Hatten, Dante Douglas and Deshaun Alexander did a fine job moving the ball and managing the clock. The linemen and backers included Chad Lubawski, Ryan and Dominic Elliott, Jaymere Stackhouse, Hassan Davis, John Slebrich, Amicah Saunders and Michael Matthews. These Knights worked hard all season long, both during the games and in practice.

With the exception of the loss to Moon in the regular season finale, the Knights excelled in every way, living up to their pre-season billing as one of the top teams in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Their three-year SSYFL record of achievement speaks for itself. This mighty group of Brookline Knights has triumphed in thirty of thirty-two battles by a combined score of 919-160 and appeared in the championship game three times. After a heart-breaking triple-overtime defeat in the 2011 Super Bowl, they have overwhelmed their opponents in the last two post-season fall classics. That's how dynasties are formed.

We are the Champions!    The Knights coaching staff: Carl Roell,
L.C. Trent, Joe Tongel, Head Coach Don Helman,
Jerry Tuite and Mike Ventrone.
The Mighty Knights celebrate their Super Bowl victory. The 2013 coaching staff: Carl Roell,
L.C. Trent, Joe Tongel, Don Helman, Jerry Tuite and Mike Ventrone.

For Coach Don Helman, this is his seventh championship as an instuctor and mentor with the Knights (2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013). An eighth title came as an assistant in 1998. He has never lost in a championship game. That's how legends are made.

The Players and Coaches

2013 11-Under Team

The Brookline Knights 11-Under Team
2013 SSYFL Champions!

Nicholas Roell (7), Jonathan Morin (26), Shane Woodhall (58), Jahmaine Hatten (9), Dominic Elliott (28), Chad Lubawski (61), Ryan Elliott (10), Dante Douglas (31), Terrence Rudolph (65), Hassan Davis (12), Marques Watson (32), Quinn Hunter (56), Jordan Bonilla (14), DeShaun Alexander (33), Zachary Munn (74), Demetri Bose (20), Aaron King (34), Amicah Saunders (80), Mason Ventrone (21), John Slebrich (42), Aidan Logan (81), Jack Sullivan (24), Michael Matthews (54), James "J.B" Nelson (99) and Jaymere Stackhouse (72). The Head Coach is Don Helman. The Assistant Coaches are Jerry Tuite, Joe Tongel, Carl Roell and Mike Ventrone.

Game Results

Game 1 - Brookline 30 <> North Hills 0
Game 2 - Brookline 44 <> West Mifflin 0
Game 3 - Brookline 36 <> W.Allegheny 14
Game 4 - Brookline 30 <> T-Jefferson 0

Game 5 - Brookline 36 <> Montour 0
Game 6 - Brookline 40 <> Baldwin 0
Game 7 - Moon 22 <> Brookline 6

<Photos - Brookline vs North Hills - August 31, 2013>

<Knights News and Game-By-Game Scoring Summaries>

SSYFL Opening Round Playoffs

Brookline 30 <> West Mifflin 6

SSYFL Semi-Finals

Brookline 36 <> West Allegheny 14

<Photos from the Semi-Final Game - October 26, 2013>

SSYFL Super Bowl

Brookline 26 <> Thomas-Jefferson 0

<Photos from the Super Bowl - November 3, 2013>

The Mighty Brookline Knights Add Five More Victories And
Another Championship In Post-Season Tournament Play

As the defending champions of the Mid-Atlantic Classic Series, held annually on Thanksgiving weekend in Canonsburg, the Knights were invited back to defend their crown. As one of the top-ranked Pop Warner football clubs in the state of Pennsylvania, the two-time SSYFL champion Knights were primed and ready for the task.

Prior to the M.A.C.S. tournament, Coach Don received an invitation from the host to play a challenge game against the Center County Bulldogs, another perennial A-List team from near State College, Pennsylvania. The confident Bulldogs were looking for some real competition. They got that, and then some.

Brookline traveled to North Strabane on Saturday, November 9, and battered the Bulldogs by the score of 38-12. It seemed as though the Knights hadn't skipped a beat after their Super Bowl victory the week before. Brookline dominated the game from start to finish, and showed the folks from Center County what real competition is like. The Bulldogs learned why wise men say "Be careful what you ask for."

	Saturday - November 9, 2013

	Challenge Game              @ North Strabane Municipal Field

	BROOKLINE         13 -  6 - 12 -  7    38
	Center County      0 -  0 -  0 - 12    12

	Scoring Summary:

	Nick Roell 1 run (Marques Watson run)
	Marques Watson 7 run (conversion failed)
	Nick Roell 1 run (conversion failed)
	Mason Ventrone 63 run (conversion failed)
	Jonathan Morin 51 run (conversion failed)
	Jack Sullivan 45 pass from Nick Roell (Aaron King run)

After sending the Bulldogs back to State College with their tails tucked tightly between their legs, the Mighty Knights began preparing for the Mid-Atlantic Classic. While mercury in the thermometer dipped into the freezing range, Coach Don's warriors continued with their weekly practice schedule. As the holiday games approached, Brookline's Mighty Knights were itching to take the field and defend their M.A.C.S. title.

Looking at the Classic Series website prior to the tournament, Brookline fans were treated to a picture of last year's champions. Hopes were high for adding another photo of the Brookline Knights to this distinguished gallery of stars.

The 2012 MACS 10-Under Champions.

Mid-Atlantic Classic Series Holiday Tournament

On Thanksgiving weekend, November 28-December 1, 2013, the SSYFL champion eleven-year old Brookline Knights returned to Canonsburg, Pennsylvania for the three-day Mid-Atlantic Classic Series holiday tournament. As they did all season long, the Knights swept through the competition. Their four-game title defense culminated with a 25-0 victory over Bethel Park in the championship game. The victory increased Brookline's overall record to 14-1 and gave the Knights their second back-to-back championship of the 2013 season.

Brookline defeated their first opponent, the Rostraver Leopards, 31-6, on Friday afternoon. Mason Ventrone rumbled for over 150 yards as the Brookline offense ran roughshod over Rostraver. The ferocious Knight defense stifled the Leopard offense with a strong outing, highlighted by three forced fumbles and an interception.

One of the Rostraver fumbles was caused by punishing Ryan Elliott hit. The loose ball was recovered by his brother Dominic. The defenders were led by Marques Watson and Chad Lubawski, who both registered several bruising tackles. On the other side of the scrimmage line, the Knights offensive trench warriors (Aidan Logan, J.B. Nelson, Zach Munn, Quinn Hunter, Shane Woodhall, Terrence Rudolph and Jack Sullivan) did a fantastic job in taming the large Leopard linemen.

Jonathan Morin scores a touchdown
against the Morningside Vikings.
Jonathan Morin scores a touchdown against the Morningside Vikings.

The Knights returned on Saturday morning to take on the Morningside Vikings. Once again, Brookline put on a dominant performance, shutting out Morningside by the score of 27-0. Mason Ventrone, Marques Watson, Jonathan Morin and Demetri Bose each had a fine game rushing the ball. The Knight defenders held firm, with Jack Sullivan, Jahmaine Hatten, Deshaun Alexander and Ventrone registering sacks. Bose and Morin also had interceptions.

After vanquishing the Vikings, the Knights met the Wilkes-Barre Plains Yankees on Saturday evening. The Yankees, known as the Purple People Eaters, came into the tournament boasting a three-year winning streak and a reputation as a hard-hitting powerhouse. They ran a pro-style, spread offense and liked to throw the ball. After forty-eight minutes of being force fed fundamental football by the Mighty Knights, Wilkes-Barre's People Eaters had completely lost their appetite. Brookline crushed the Plains Yankees by the score of 38-6.

The Knights defense drops a Morningside
runner for a seven yard loss.
The Knights defense drops a Morningside runner for a seven yard loss.

Against Wilkes-Barre, the Knights were playing without the services of one of their Four Horsemen, Marques Watson, who sat out the game with a slight injury. It didn't matter. The other three horsemen picked up the slack. Mason Ventrone gained over 200 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns. Jonathan Morin eclipsed the 100 yard mark and scored twice. Nick Roell contributed a touchdown run and a two-point toss to Jack Sullivan. Lineman Quinn Hunter did an excellent job subbing for Watson at the middle linebacker position.

The defining moment in this semi-final contest came only minutes into the game. After the opening kickoff, Wilkes-Barre went directly to the No Huddle offense and drove downfield. Facing a first and goal from their own seven yard line, the Knight defenders stiffened their resolve. They held the Yankees to three yards in four plays, with Aaron King, Sullivan and Morin making excellent stops. The Knights took possession at the four. After a short gain on first down, Ventrone burst loose for an eighty-two yard touchdown run. A good defensive series, punctuated by a fourth down Jahmaine Hatten sack, was followed by another quick Brookline score. The route was on, and the vaunted Yankees were befuddled.

Quarterback Nick Roell scores on a five-yard run
against the Wilkes-Barre Plains Yankees.
Quarterback Nick Roell scores on a five-yard run against Wilkes-Barre.

Other Game Three highlights included a second quarter Jonathan Morin interception that was returned for a touchdown. The effort was negated by a penalty. On the next play, Morin ran fifty yards for another touchdown. Once again, the score was nullified by an infraction. On the next play, Mason Ventrone settled the issue with a sixty yard touchdown run. Aaron King had several good runs during a fourth quarter scoring drive. Finally, John Slebrich played perhaps his finest game ever. Junior became a crowd favorite with some nice tackles and a five-yard two-point conversion attempt that came within inches of the goal line.

The championship game was held on Sunday evening. It was Brookline's fourth game in three days and their opponent was the much-heralded Bethel Park Hawks. In a repeat of last year's title game, the Knights buried the Hawks, this time by the score of 25-0. The convincing victory by Coach Don's Wild Stallions added another exclamation mark to their claim as one of the best teams to ever represent the Brookline Knights Football Association.

In the title contest, quarterback Nick Roell led the powerful Brookline offense up and down the field. Mason Ventrone and Marques Watson both tallied over 100 yards rushing and combined for three cross-country touchdown runs. Jonathan Morin added a fourth scoring dash. The defense was sparked by the inspired play of lineman J.B. Nelson, who had several blistering tackles, and Morin, who grabbed two interceptions. Other Knight defenders that stood out in the championship game were Ryan Elliott, Aidan Logan, Jack Sullivan, Zach Munn, Demetri Bose, Dominic Elliott and Deshaun Alexander.

Photos From The M.A.C.S. Tournament

The Brookline Knights
The Brookline Knights line up for a team photo before the Morningside game.

Warmups before the Rostraver game.    Warmups before the Rostraver game.
The Knights warm up before their Friday game against Morningside.

Mason Ventrone on a breakaway touchdown run.    Marques Watson scores on a conversion run.
Mason Ventrone on a breakaway touchdown dash (left) and Marques Watson plowing forward for the conversion.

Jonathan Morin runs for a touchdown.    The mighty Knights defense.
Jonathan Morin runs for a score (left) while the Mighty Knight defense lines up for a play.

Mason Ventrone scored nine touchdowns in the
M.A.C.S. tournament. He was named tournament MVP>    Quarterback Nick Roell lines up over center.
Mason Ventrone scores one of his nine tournament touchdowns (left) and Nick Roell lines up over center.

Aaron King scores on a five-yard run.    The second-team defense played well.
Aaron King scores against Rostraver (left) and the second-team defenders holding firm.

The defense shut out Morningside.    Marques Watson carrys a pile of Morningside
defenders for additional yardage.
The defenders shut out Morningside (left) and Marques Watson carrying several defenders for additional yardage.

Marques Watson scores against Morningside    Aidan Logan making a diving conversion catch.
Marques Watson scores against Morningside (left) and Aidan Logan making a diving conversion reception.

Warming up before the championship game.    The Knight defense shut out the Hawks.
Warming up before the championship game (left) and a Bethel runner goes down after a short gain.

The 2013 M.A.C.S. Champions!
The Brookline Knights are the back-to-back Mid-Atlantic Classic Series champions.

In the five games after the conclusion of the SSYFL season, the Brookline Knights added to their already impressive offensive and defensive statistics. Mason Ventrone's ten touchdowns increased his grand total to twenty-four. Jonathan Morin's six scores give him a total of nineteen, while Marques Watson's four upped his net output to fifteen. Each finished the combined season with over 100 points (Ventrone 153 - Morin 120 - Watson - 101). The Brookline defenders recorded their seventh and eighth shutouts and held their opponents to a miserly five points per game. Over fifteen games, Brookline outscored the opposition 577-80.

Mason Ventrone, a fleet-footed sprinter on offense and a hard-hitting linebacker on defense, was named the M.A.C.S. Tournament MVP for the second year in a row.

Including the post-SSYFL games, the Knights improved their three-year won-loss portfolio to an astounding 38-2. This year's fourteen team victories ties the all-time mark set last season by these same Knights. This incredibly talented group of youngsters is most definitely one of the best to ever where the Green and Black of Brookline. Congratulations to the players, coaches and fans on another fantastic tournament season.

Mid-Atlantic Classic Series Game Results

	Friday - November 29, 2013

	Game #1                     @ North Strabane Municipal Field

	BROOKLINE         13 - 12 -  6 -  0    31
	Rostraver          0 -  0 -  0 -  6     6

	Scoring Summary:

	Mason Ventrone 55 run (Marques Watson run)
	Jonathan Morin 15 run (conversion failed)
	Mason Ventrone 60 run (conversion failed)
	Marques Watson 17 run (conversion failed)
	Aaron King 5 run (conversion failed)

	Interception: Mason Ventrone
	Fumble Recovery: Jack Sullivan, Jahmaine Hatten,
	                 Dominic Elliott

	Saturday - November 30, 2013

	Game #2                     @ North Strabane Municipal Field

	BROOKLINE         14 -  7 -  0 -  6    27
	Morningside        0 -  0 -  0 -  0     0

	Scoring Summary:

	Mason Ventrone 39 run (Marques Watson run)
	Marques Watson 25 run (Demetri Bose run)
	Jonathan Morin 16 run (Aidan Logan pass from Nick Roell)
	Mason Ventrone 3 run (conversion failed)

	Interception: Nick Roell, Demetri Bose, Jonathan Morin

	Saturday - November 30, 2013

	Game #3                     @ North Strabane Municipal Field

	BROOKLINE         14 -  6 - 12 -  6    38
	Wilkes-Barre       0 -  0 -  0 -  6     6

	Scoring Summary:

	Mason Ventrone 82 run (conversion failed)
	Jonathan Morin 51 run
		(Jack Sullivan pass from Nick Roell - 2 points)
	Mason Ventrone 60 run (conversion failed)
	Mason Ventrone 69 run (conversion failed)
	Jonathan Morin 32 run (conversion failed)
	Nick Roell 5 run (conversion failed)

	Interception: Jonathan Morin
	Fumble Recovery: Nick Roell

	Sunday - December 1, 2013 - TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

	Game #4                     @ North Strabane Municipal Field

	BROOKLINE          0 -  0 -  0 -  0    25
	Bethel Park        0 -  0 -  0 -  0     0

	Scoring Summary:

	Marques Watson 69 run (Mason Ventrone run)
	Mason Ventrone 78 run (conversion failed)
	Jonathan Morin 36 run (conversion failed)
	Mason Ventrone 74 run (conversion failed)

	Interception: Jonathan Morin (2)
	Fumble Recovery: Mason Ventrone, Aaron King

	* Note: In tournament play a conversion was worth one point.
	  Attempts from the five yard line were good for two points.
	  Thanks to Coach Jerry Tuite for the game information.
	  Photos courtesy of John Munn.

The 2012 MACS 10-Under Champions.
The Brookline Knights succeeded in adding a second team photo to the M.A.C.S. Hall of Champions.

Banquet And Awards Presentation

Coach Don addresses the crowd.    The Brookline Knights.
Coach Don addresses the crowd at the Banquet and Awards Presentation on December 8, 2013.
The SSYFL Champion Brookline Knights gather for one last team photo.

'Curse You, Red Baron.'
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