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October 6, 2013

Peru wins through the air

SARANAC — After a shaky start against Beekmantown last week, Peru’s goal Saturday was to have a better first half.

The Indians did turn the ball over on their first drive, but they took a 14-6 lead in the first quarter and held a big advantage by halftime.

Blake Altizer threw four touchdown passes, including three to Zane Bazzano, as Peru remained undefeated with a 48-6 win over Saranac in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football.

“Definitely a better first half. We didn’t have as many mistakes as last week,” Bazzano said. “And all around, it was just a good team effort.”

John Maye’s 2-yard run put Saranac on the board late in the first quarter, and the Chiefs had a great opportunity to tie the game early in the second. After Maye found a hole and ran 52 yards down to Peru’s 9-yard line, his team was looking at first-and-goal.

Saranac attempted a run and three passes but couldn’t reach the end zone.

“That was a big goal-line stand,” Peru coach Nick Damiani said. “I just told the defense that they had to dig down — they were a little bit tired — and get a big stop so we could get the ball offensively. Good pass defense by (Anthony) Gallo. Up front we got some pressure on the quarterback as well.”

The Indians (5-0) went 92 yards on three plays, with Bazzano catching a long pass and racing down the sideline for a 73-yard touchdown. Bazzano caught a 16-yard scoring pass on Peru’s next drive, and then Gallo grabbed his first of two interceptions and Altizer connected with Rivelino Hendricks for a 6-yard score just before halftime, making it 34-6.

Altizer was 13-of-24 with 231 yards, and he threw one interception. Bazzano made four catches for 164 yards, while Gallo and Jordan Guay both had three receptions.

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