The 1996 Brookline Termites ended
the Knight's five-year drought by bringing home the W.P.Y.F.L. season
championship with a 14-6 victory over Lawrenceville at Montour Stadium.
The Termites joined the equally devine Midget champions in catapulting
the Brookline program back to prominence on the Western Pennsylvania youth
Under the guidance of coaches Pat
Quinn, Joe Diven, Earl Taylor, Bill Blake and Dan McCann, the young Knights
of Brookline completed their season with an 8-2 record. The title was the
first for a Knight's Termite team since 1990 and the third Termite title
overall in twenty years of Brookline football.
The Termites finished the regular
season with a 6-2 slate and a second-place finish. The first round playoff
game was held November 9 at Brookline's McGibbeny Field versus a talented
South Fayette team. On a muddy field, Brookline ran away with the contest,
24-8, to advance to the title game.
November 16 was another wet Sunday
afternoon, and the showdown between Brookline and Lawrenceville had
all the makings of a classic gridiron battle. Lawrenceville had beaten
Brookline by a hair in an early season game, and both teams were evenly
The less than ideal field conditions
and tenacious defense by both teams kept the game close. A touchdown run by
Ross Ventrone gave Brookline an 8-6 edge, and a late touchdown by Knight
E.J. Taylor made it 14-6. The Termite defense then shut the door and the
Knights never looked back.
With these talented players ready to
move on to the Mitey-Mite and Midget teams in the coming few years, the future
is looking bright for Brookline Knights Football.
Note: The core group of kids from
this Knight's championship team went on to capture championships with
the 2000 Midgets and the 1998 Mitey-Mites, completing what could be refered to as
the Triple Crown of youth football. Quite an accomplishment for a
great group of kids from Brookline!
The Brookline Knights
1996 WPYFL Champions
Photos from the Semi-Final Playoff Game
* November 9, 1996 *
The cheerleaders have their banner ready
to start the game (left) and Coach Quinn congratulates
his muddied warriors after their convincing Semi-Final victory over
The Brookline Knights Termites celebrate
after their big playoff win.
The Knights #1 fan John Moroney.
Photos from the Championship Game
* November 16, 1996 *
The Termite Seniors at midfield for the
coin toss (left) and the Termites after their championship win.
Knights President Joe Nicholas congratulates
the players after the game (left); The Termite cheerleaders.
Ross Ventrone races down the sideline for
Brookline's first touchdown of the championship game.
Coach Pat Quinn and his Termites
proudly show off their
championship trophy. Also pictured are Coach Bill Blake,
E.J. Taylor, Josh Niswonger, Mike Anzalone, C.K.
Mayo, Geoffrey Giegucz and Mike Haggerty.
The 1996 Brookline
Knights Termite team featured
future NFL player Ross
* Photos courtesy of
Carol Taylor *