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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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    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.


    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.

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