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
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!
The Brookline Knights
1996 WPYFL Champions
Coaches - Brian
Nicholas, Joe Nicholas, Ray Ventrone.
Equipment Manager - "Pops" Lamonde.