The 1997 Brookline Knights
Midget football team successfully defended their W.P.Y.F.L. championship
by crushing Fort Cherry, 42-14, at South Fayette Stadium on November 15.
The Knights avenged an early season 34-0 loss to South Fayette and finished
the 1997 season with a 10-1-1 record. A tie to Sto-Rox was the only
other blemish on an otherwise impressive slate.
The back-to-back titles are
a first for the Knights program and further proof that the short
four-year tenure of coaches Brian and Joe Nicholas has already
entered its dynasty phase. Nicholas led teams have now made four
successive championship game appearances.
The Knights fielded yet another
offensive juggernaut led by quarterback Shawn Quinn, fullback Bruno
DeSimone and halfback JoJo Lamonde. Tight end Steve Barone, the team
leader in touchdowns, rounded out the attack and dazzled the crowds
with his blistering speed.
The defense was led by lineman
Billy Sharkey, Barone at defensive end, Quinn at strong safety, and
linebackers DeSimone and Lamonde. With another strong group of kids
returning next year, including the multi-talented Lamonde, it looks as
though the Nicholas Dynasty may last well into the next century. It's
a marvelous time to be a Brookline Knights fan!
The Brookline Knights Midgets
1997 WPYFL Champions
Coaches - Joe
Nicholas, Frank Makstutis, Ray Perry
Equipment Manager - "Pops" Lamonde