Brookline Knights Football Associaton
The 1996 Midgets
The Third Time Is A Charm

The 1996 Brookline Knights Midget team joined their little Termite brothers as champions of the Western Pennsylvania Youth Football League. Under the direction of coaches Brian and Joe Nicholas, and led by running back Raymond "Bubbba" Ventrone's record twenty-seven touchdowns, the Knights ended the season undefeated with a spotless 10-0 record.

After finishing runners-up in 1994 and 1995, the 1996 Midget team proved that the third time is a charm as they took on a strong Fort Cherry team in the finals and came away with Brookline's second Midget title in the twenty-two year history of Brookline Knights football.

After an opening day victory at Fort Cherry, the Knights machine rolled on unscathed through the eight game regular season. In addition to Ventrone's scoring parade, quarterback Bruce Gradkowski also called upon running back Brandon Cheatam and tight end Sam Suska to round off a potent Knight's offense.

Brookline's stingy defense was led by tackle C.J. Heidenreich, defensive end Pat Droney, nosetackle Assamee Asad and linebackers Suska and Cheatam. With several promising players returning, it looks as though the Brookline Knights will be a force to be reckoned with next season. Go Knights!

1996 Midgets

The Brookline Knights Midgets
1996 WPYFL Champions

Coaches - Brian Nicholas, Joe Nicholas, Ray Ventrone.
Equipment Manager - "Pops" Lamonde.

35 - Assamee Asad
73 - Nicholas Benkovich
82 - Michael Bonner
80 - Matt Cammarata
44 - Brandon Cheatam
58 - Brad Davis
57 - Bruno DeSimone
71 - Pat Droney
26 - John Emery
10 - Ryan Fameli
56 - Auggie Foster

03 - Eddie Gedid
09 - Robert Gedid
13 - Bruce Gradkowski
59 - Jonathon Gromek
69 - C.J. Heidenreich
65 - Justin Heinrich
74 - Ronald Helbig
66 - Cory Keller
30 - Thomas Kovacs
28 - James Lamonde
70 - Patrick Mangan

11 - Brendan McCalla
75 - Anthony Morocco
12 - Joe Muraco
27 - Vincent Palladini
68 - Matt Parker
01 - Shawn Quinn
67 - Charles Schreiner
55 - Billy Sharkey
88 - Sam Suska
72 - Steve Sywyj
25 - Ray Ventrone

The 1996 Brookline Knights Midget team featured two future NFL players,
Bruce Gradkowski and Ray Ventrone.

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