Wappingers Falls – Whether you were at the Ketcham football game from the opening kick off – or came midway through the game, you were undoubtedly surprised by the score on the scoreboard. Ketcham rattled off 32 unanswered points before the visiting Mahopac Indians could catch its breath.
Jesse Pascale made the most of the new season debut setting up the team’s first TD on a 1 yard plunge after playing a big role in Ketcham’s 72 yard march down the field, in its first possession of the game. And, Pascale didn’t need to be handed the ball on offense to make an impact; he scored Ketcham’s next touchdown while on defense by recovering a fumble and taking it in to make it a quick 13-0 in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Pascale lit up the after burners as he speed down the left sideline for a 79 yard TD run.
Ketcham scored 32 unanswered points making it 32-15 at halftime on the team’s way to a 40-23 final.
“I think the fact that we’ve had consistency and continuity in our coaching staff has helped us to keep the focus and prepare properly in the off season”, noted Ketcham Head Coach, Bryan Hogan. Hogan took over the program after a couple of years of off-season shifting in head coaching, causing a lack of leadership in off-season training.
Credit Bill Roos for stepping in at the last minute three years ago, because the team was dangerously close to entering the up-coming season (2014) without a figure head, causing the program to lose valuable conditioning time during the off season.
Hogan is in his second season with the Indians and just missed the playoff quarterfinals last season.