Coming up with enough defense on the road, the Roy C. Ketcham High School football team defeated host Scarsdale, 42-37, on Saturday.
“We did what we needed to do and we came out on top,” said Ketcham coach Pat Keevins. “We did give up points but we got some stops and had some critical turnovers.”
None more critical than in the third quarter, when J.J. Mulvey blocked a Scarsdale punt, recovered it and returned it for what proved to be the game-winning score. Mulvey also had four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown.
Ketcham running back Elon Walters finished with 169 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries. Quarterback Kevin Duke went 10 for 17 for 112 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 35 yards and a touchdown. As a team, Ketcham had 285 yards on the ground.
“It was a tremendous effort by our offense,” Keevins said. “We’ve just been trying to get our kids to play harder each week. We were pleased by their effort.”
Ketcham (4-3 overall, 4-2 league) will play a postseason game next week against an opponent to be determined.
Haldane 53, Yonkers Montessori Academy 0 — The visiting Blue Devils scored three touchdowns on defense by Johnny Giachinta, Bayley Semple and Matt D’Andreano.
Giachinta had six tackles and Semple added three.
Haldane (2-4-1) rushed for 250 yards. Nick DiGregorio had 4 carries for 86 yards and had a 60-yard touchdown reception. Reserve running back Matt Balducci scored two touchdowns.
Haldane advances to the Section 1 Class C playoffs on Saturday.
Pawling 56, Blind Brook 20 — Cameron Thomas rushed for three touchdowns and 268 yards as the visiting Tigers improved to 3-4 with the win.
“I think they played really well,” Pawling coach Carl Ferraro said. “We’re improving every week. We did a good job running the ball and a pretty good job defensively.”
Aaron Thomas was 3 for 3 for 75 yards and all three of his passes were to Justin Mayette, who scored touchdowns on two of them. Also scoring touchdowns were Matt Acevedo (30-yard run), Mike Fraad (46-yard run) and Ross Barramen (5-yard run).
John Jay 27, Clarkstown South 10 — Rob Haughton ran for 196 yards and two touchdowns for host John Jay in a Section 1 Class AA game late Friday.
The Patriots, who got an 80-yard touchdown run from Dale White and a 3-yard scoring run from J.D. LeMay, finished with 337 rushing yards.
John Jay coach Tom O’Hare credited his offensive line of Mike Long, Jason Sanabria, Andrew Moesch, Jared Monahan and Gerald Ryan with a strong effort.
“Those five guys really came out and played as a unit,” said O’Hare, whose team threw the ball only twice in the game. “We like to run the ball and our offensive line was incredible.”
O’Hare also credited the school’s administration and grounds crew for getting the field in playing condition for the homecoming game.
North Rockland 20, Arlington 7 — Arlington closed a winless regular season with a home loss late Friday. The Admirals (0-7) trailed 13-0 at halftime as Kyle Dingman blocked an extra point on the second North Rockland touchdown. Brandon Tobin found Jason Harrand for an 80-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. North Rockland (6-1) scored in the fourth quarter to clinch the win.
“We’ve battled all year,” Arlington coach Dominick DeMatteo said. “We’ve been outmatched each week, but we battled. The kids showed tremendous character against the best of the best in the section which is, arguably, the best of the best in the state.”