For the Roy C. Ketcham High School football team, this season has been about making do.
The Indians lost three of their first four games. Injuries have been an issue. Their star running back has an injured ankle and hasn’t practiced in weeks.
“He’s just going out there and gutting it out in the games,” Indians coach Bryan Hogan said of Tai-sean Dodd, who has played through despite his ankle. “He’s been able to get the job done and then some.”
Dodd ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 21 grueling, painful carries in leading host Ketcham to a 28-14 win over Ramapo on Saturday in Wappingers Falls.
The Indians rallied from down 8-7 at halftime and Dodd’s 8-yard touchdown run put them ahead, 14-8, with 7:02 left in the third quarter. Ketcham outscored Ramapo 14-0 in the third to take control.
Zaahir Woody had four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown and, at cornerback, he forced a fumble and had an interception for Ketcham (3-3).
Jesse Pascale also ran for 118 yards and a touchdown, and Al Dockery completed 5 of 7 passes for 84 yards and a score.
“Going into the qualifying round next week, we’re getting some of our guys back healthy,” Hogan said. “We want to get better every week and it looks like we’re on track.”
The Indians will face an opponent to be determined this weekend. Seeding for the Section 1 playoff qualifying round will be decided on Sunday.
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