Follow every game in the Section 1 playoffs on Twitter: @MSGVarsityHVC
BLIND BROOK TROJANS
Coach: Drew Cicoria (5th season)
Record: 6-1, 5-1 league
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
|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
|9/17||at Lincoln Hall||W 37-0|
|9/23||Palisade Prep||W 35-14|
|10/1||at Haldane||L 44-13|
|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.
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.
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 email@example.com