RICKY ST. CLAIR
PERU — For Peru, it only took a 54-yard touchdown run by Tim Remillard on the first play from scrimmage to open the floodgates.
The Indians (8-1) capitalized on four Remillard scores and 475 yards of total offense in a 48-0 blanking of Beekmantown in the Section VII Class B championship Saturday.
“We told our guys all week that we wanted to come out from the beginning firing on all cylinders,” said Peru third-year head coach Nick Damiani. “Of course we’re going to go with (Remillard) in that situation to get us going because he’s been excited for the opportunity all week. Opening the game up like that definitely set the tone for us.”
Following a Mackenzie LaRocque score from 24 yards out, Remillard garnered his second touchdown of the afternoon — this time through the air.
“I think (the 21-0 lead) instilled a little bit of doubt in our opponents,” Remillard said. “It’s hard to bounce back from a deficit like that.”
The scoring barrage continued when the all-purpose player grabbed a 58-yard pass for another end zone appearance from sophomore quarterback Blake Altizer. The signal caller concluded the game 9-for-13 with 208 yards and two touchdown passes.
“(Altizer) did not play well the first time we played against Beekmantown, but he wasn’t the same player he is now,” Damiani said. “He’s really worked hard on everything coach (Ryon O’Connell) has asked him to do. It took him a series or two to gain confidence.”
Peru, who traditionally opens the game with a no-huddle offense in an effort to dictate tempo, elected to establish the running game from the get-go. The Indians finished with 267 yards on the ground. LaRocque, a physical presence in the backfield, tallied 73 yards and two scores.
“Beekmantown’s familiar with some of the no-huddle stuff and we knew they would prepare for that all week, so we decided to slow the pace down a little bit,” Damiani said. “We were confident in our running game even though they’re solid defensively. We wanted to huddle, so it wouldn’t show what formation we were going to be in and hopefully slow down their adjustments at the line of scrimmage.”
The Eagles (6-3) were unable to generate any momentum and were held to just 39 yards of total offense in the first half and 108 in the game.
“We’ve been playing some of the best defense in this area all year long,” Damiani said. “Our first team defense is giving up under seven points per game and pitched some shutouts. They were flying to the football and executed the game plan.”
Peru will travel to Massena Central School Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. to play Section X representative Franklin Academy (8-1) in the NYSPHSAA regional round.
“(Franklin Academy) is pretty balanced offensively and they give their quarterback Mitch Gallagher an opportunity to the run the ball,” Damiani said. “He’s a good, hard runner. That’s definitely going to be a battle up there for us.”
Peru 48, Beekmantown 0
Beekmantown 0 0 0 0 — 0
Peru 21 20 0 7 — 48
P- Remillard 58 run (Boyer kick), 0:22.
P- LaRocque 21 run (Boyer kick), 6:44.
P- Remillard 24 pass from Altizer (Boyer kick), 11:55.
P- Remillard 58 pass from Altizer (kick failed), 3:01.
P- LaRocque 15 run (Boyer kick), 6:28.
P- Boyer 29 pass from Altizer (Boyer kick), 11:02.
P- Remillard 13 run (Boyer kick), 1:25.
B- Pickering 8-42; Fessette 10-26; Stevens 2-14; Myers 7-(-28). Totals: 27-54.
P- Remillard 4-88, 2 TD; Bruno 9-74; LaRocque 6-73, 2 TD; Uliva 1-15; Avanzato 1-10; Altizer 2-5; Bazzano 1-4; Sarazen 1-3; Cunningham 3-(-5). Totals: 28-267, 4 TD.
B- Myers 4-13-0-54. Remchuk 0-1-1-0. Totals: 4-14-1-54.
P- Altizer 9-13-0-208, 2 TD.
B- Fountain 2-38; Stevens 1-11; No. 28 1-5.
P- Remillard 3-109, 2 TD; Boyer 4-58, TD; Bazzano 1-33; Phillips 1-8.