Hudson Valley Sports Report

RCK FOOTBALL OPENS WITH LOSS

WAPPINGERS FALLS – Fox Lane High School scored the last 20 points of the game on Friday night, and the Foxes pulled away from Roy C. Ketcham for 29-7 victory.

It was the season opener for both teams.

Ketcham was down 9-0 but pulled to within 9-7 before the Foxes reeled off three straight scores.

For coach Bryan Hogan, it was a tough loss. But this year’s team is something of an oddity when he looks at his roster.

“Our biggest weakness is that we are an inexperienced team despite the fact that we will be starting and playing a large number of seniors,” he said. “We are breaking in a lot of new starters. We were largely led by a group of seniors last spring that were returning starters and had been the core of the junior-laden team in 2019 that qualified for the playoffs, so this current group has not had extensive game experience since the fall of 2019.”

Hogan believes the Indians will have a faster and more athletic team than they did the previous two seasons, but lack depth in terms of size and brute strength on the line of scrimmage.
Still, he has high expectations for 2021.

“We want to be a program that routinely finishes as a winning team competing to qualify for the AA tournament each season. I believe the inherent ability to accomplish that exists on the roster, but there are indeed a lot of “unknowns,” and so our goal will remain simple for now: Improve our individual skills, and become a better executing and more efficient team every single practice,” he said. “Our situation demands that we truly focus on a day to day approach, correct our mistakes, and let the positive outcomes show up over time as a result of our daily focus on the fundamentals of the game. I believe that we will continue to improve as the season progresses.”

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