For three quarters, the Roy C. Ketcham High School team held it together.
But some breakdowns in the final frame led to the Indians’ downfall, as Ketcham dropped a 15-14 decision to Port Chester in Wappingers Falls on Saturday.
It simply came down to a few missed plays in the fourth quarter.
“We made a lot of mistakes and didn’t make plays when we needed to. We’ve got to fix it,” said Indians coach Bryan Hogan, whose team fell to 1-2. “Credit to Port Chester. They’re a big physical football team. They made plays when they had to.”
The Indians held a 14-7 lead at the end of three, but couldn’t respond to Port Chester’s eight unanswered points in the last quarter. Ketcham was also penalized eight times for 75 yards.
Despite that, the Indians generated some offense. Senior running back Jesse Pascale racked up 115 yards on the ground with a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 28 yards. Wide receiver Zaahir Woody caught three passes, including one in the end zone for a touchdown, for 32 yards. Overall, the Indians produced 180 yards of offense.
Ketcham travels to Wiccopee to play John Jay at 6 p.m. Friday.
“John Jay is another big, physical team,” Hogan said. “It’s a rivalry game, obviously. We have our work cut out for us.”
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