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Playoff resume: Blind Brook

by Kevin Devaney Jr. on
Sun, Oct 23, 2011 2:05 PM

Updated Mon, Oct 24, 2011 7:04 AM
Playoff resume: Blind Brook

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BLIND BROOK TROJANS
Coach:
Drew Cicoria (5th season)
Class: C
Record: 6-1, 5-1 league
Seed: 4
Preseason rank: 10 (out of 14)

Path to a title: Blind Brook will travel to play Bronxville, the two-time champs and reigning state champions, in the semifinals on Saturday. The winner will play for the Section 1 title on November 5 at Mahopac High School against either Dobbs Ferry or Woodlands.

Regular season results

Year Record Result
2006 4-4 Lost to Dobbs Ferry in quarterfinals
2007 1-7 Did not qualify
2008 1-7 Did not qualify
2009 5-3 Did not qualify
2010 2-6 Did not qualify

Section 1 championships: 0

Regular season results

Date Opponent Result
9/10 Woodlands W 28-13
9/17 at Lincoln Hall W 37-0
9/23 Palisade Prep W 35-14
10/1 at Haldane L 44-13
10/6 Dover W 36-20
10/15 at Rye Neck W 14-6
10/22 at Valhalla W 41-12

Marquee victory: Beating Woodlands on opening day turned out to be a far bigger win than anyone expected at the time. Woodlands has won six straight and is also headed to the Class C playoffs. The game set the groundwork for a Blind Brook offense that’s averaging nearly 30 points per game.

Playmakers

Jaime Ketchebaw, Sr., QB/DB: Playing in Class C, few people really appreciate what type of athlete Ketchebaw is. He does just about everything for the Trojans and is a leader on offense and defense.

Joe Joyce, SE/DB: Joyce is another solid athlete for the Trojans. He’s a sure-handed receiver and quality coverman who can come up and stop the run.

Jon Kulick, Sr. RB/LB: The veteran provides a level of toughness to the Blind Brook defense. Although not big, he’s not afraid to come up and make a hit on opposing fullbacks.

Josh Portin, Sr., TE/LB: Portin has matured dramatically in his three varsity seasons and is a reliable two-way starter. Solid blocker and tackler.

Jaime Zazlav, Sr., G/DE: Blind Brook’s most active and mobile lineman is very good out in space and as a lead blocker. He’s tenacious in his pursuit on the defensive line.

Unsung heroes

Brennan Schaenman, Jr., T/DT: At 6-foot-6, 235 takes up a lot of space on both sides of the Blind Brook line. He’s the type of lineman you need when you go up against Bronxville.

Mike Kulick, Sr., Ath./DB: The twin brother of Jon, Mike does a little bit of everything. Opposing defenses always have to be mindful of where he’s lining up because of his big-play potential.

Playoff outlook

What must go right: Simply put, Blind Brook is going to have to catch some breaks. Bronxville is playing so well, flying high after its blowout win over Class A Pearl River, which came into the game unbeaten. The Trojans cannot turn it over and will need contributions on defense and special teams to have a realistic shot.

Who must step up: Jaime Ketchebaw. The lead of the offense, Ketchebaw is one capable of making things happen on the run or with his arm. A big game out of him is vital for the Trojans to advance.

Devaney’s take: Blind Brook is probably the biggest underdog going into the weekend. The Trojans don’t care either way. They have faith after a stellar regular season. Nobody will expect them to even contend with Bronxville. Carefree and loose is not a bad way to play.

Email Kevin Devaney Jr. at kdevaney@cablevision.com

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