RYE BROOK, N.Y. The Blind Brook Trojans celebrated their homecoming weekend in style with a 41-12 rout of the Valhalla Vikings on Saturday.
After a pregame ceremony in which the senior football players and cheerleaders gave roses to their parents, the Trojans (6-1) went to work quickly. Quarterback Jaime Ketchabaw ran into the end zone early in the first quarter to put Blind Brook ahead, 7-0.
The senior quarterback, who suffers from Type 1 Diabetes, said the team wanted to make school history by going undefeated at home. The Valhalla game also had another significant component.
We knew the importance of this game. Win and were in the playoffs, Ketchabaw said. The opportunity was there for the taking and we took it. Blind Brook head coach Drew Cicoria said his team had to get off to a fast start Saturday.
We had a slow start last week in a game we had to win, Cicoria said. When everything is on the line you get your best performance.
The homecoming spirit was in full effect as Blind Brook hammered the Vikings. Alumni stood on the sidelines in their letterman jackets and cheered the team. Fans with bare chests painted blue stood in the cold and chanted players names until they acknowledged the crowd, much like the Bleacher Creatures at Yankee Stadium.
Missy Oppizzi, whose son David plays on the team, has stood on the sidelines and photographed the games since last season. She took shots of the homecoming ceremony, and though she did not participate, she still appreciated what it meant. We got a nice crowd tonight and its just something great for all the senior parents, Oppizzi said.
After Ketchabaws run, the Trojans continued to add to their lead. Senior running back Nick Megdanis scored on a 13-yard run toward the end of the first quarter. Senior quarterback Michael Kulik added a 21-yard touchdown pass to Frank DiCostanzo in the second quarter to give Blind Brook a 21-0 lead.
Two field goals by Andre Alves and a touchdown hauled in by Kulik put the Trojans up, 34-0. Valhalla finally ended the potential shutout in the fourth quarter when freshman Christian Alvarado busted a 33-yard run for six points.
Blind Brook quickly answered back with a 55-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back David Oppizzi to give Blind Brook its largest lead of the night, 41-6. Valhalla ended the scoring with another touchdown at the 5:19 mark of the fourth quarter.
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