champions and fans gather for a group photo after
their 26-20 win over Arlington Heights at "The Fort."
Coach John Ladasky's Brookline team: Lewis Alkire, Justin Phillips,
Steve Barone, Brendan McCalla, Josh Gettings, Bruno DeSimone and Jason
Brookline Claims 1999 CitiParks Flag Football Title *
NOVEMBER 20 - Brookline coach
John Ladasky took his 15-17 year olds to Arlington's "Fort" on Saturday
for the 1999 CitiParks flag football title game. His legion stormed the
bastions and took home the booty, in the form of a championship
"Ladasky's Legion", led by Bruno
DeSimone's three touchdown receptions, won a hard fought 26-20 victory
against Arlington Heights, overcoming their opponents home field
advantage and a mighty comeback attempt in the final minutes that left
Brookline's fans gasping for air.
The Legion, sponsored by the
Brookline Memorial Recreation Center, earned their spot in the
post-season finale with a convincing 50-20 victory over Warrington
Recreation Center on Wednesday, November 17.
The semi-final game was played
in frigid weather, but Brookline was red hot. Justin Phillips set the
tempo with a touchdown reception on the opening drive from reserve
quarterback DeSimone, then took the helm and threw seven more TD
passes. Normally positioned in the QB slot, Phillips connected three
times with Jason Lancia and once apiece with Brendan McCalla, DeSimone,
Steve Barone and Lewis Alkire. Phillips also connected for a conversion
with Lancia, and caught one himself from DeSimone.
After building a 31-20 halftime
lead, Brookline never looked back, adding 19 more insurance points to
round off their scoring barage. Other Brookline highlights were six
sacks recorded by the swift-footed Barone, and key interceptions by
Phillips and Josh Geddings.
Saturday's finale was no repeat of
the semi's, as Arlington came ready to play. The scoring began on
Brookline's third possession. After an interception by Phillips, he threw
an endzone pass which deflected off McCalla right into the open arms of
DeSimone. Brendan caught the conversion toss to make the score
Arlington answered immediately
with a touchdown on their next possession, but missed the conversion
attempt, leaving Brookline with a 7-6 edge.
Brookline went up 13-6 when, after
another interception by Phillips and a fine running catch by Barone,
Justin hooked up with Bruno for a second scoring pass. The conversion
The first half ended with the third
Phillips-DeSimone combination, then a positive conversion involving the
same tandem, leaving coach Ladasky and his Legion holding a 20-6
Arlington buckled down in the
second half. Starting with a long bomb, followed by some stiff defense,
then another long touchdown and two flawless conversions, they tied
the score at 20-20 with only a few minutes remaining. A timely
interception by Lancia and two sacks by Barone mid-way through the
period kept Arlington from taking the lead outright.
After watching their point spread
evaporate, Brookline caught fire. DeSimone took in a long toss and was
downed in the redzone. Phillips then hooked up with McCalla for the
winning score. Another failed conversion left the score at