ALBANY — The outcome of Saturday’s football game against No. 12-ranked Hackley School didn’t turn out the way Peru would have liked.
But Indians’ coach Nick Damiani was able to see the positives in his team’s 42-6 setback at the University of Albany.
“We went down there with the intent to win, even though the statistics didn’t count and it doesn’t go on our record in Section VII,” Damiani said.
“We went in the game a little banged up, but came out of it healthy. Absolutely, it was a good experience for our players to see this type of team. They (Hackley) aren’t able to compete in the Class B state playoffs, but, in my estimation, they are comparable to (No. 1-ranked) Maine-Endwell.”
Hackley School, located in Tarrytown, is an independent, college-preparatory, non-sectarian, day and boarding school for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Founded in 1899, it became co-educational in 1970.
Peru’s lone touchdown came on a 30-yard pass from Blake Altizer to Zane Bazzano.
Defensively, Anthony Gallo picked off two passes for the No. 8-ranked Indians, who lost for the first time this season.
“We started out pretty well, intercepting two passes and stopping them on their first three possessions,” Damiani said.
“But they were fast and it took us a while to adjust to their speed on defense. In fact, we were never really able to adjust.
“We controlled their offense pretty well, but they hit us with three big plays where they broke tackles. They did have one long drive against us. Once they got the edge with their speed, it was difficult for us. They’re a heck of a football team.”
Damiani also said it was a good experience for this team to play at the new Bob Ford Field at the University of Albany.
“It was fantastic — it’s a beautiful facility,” Damiani said. “Our kids had to overcome the awe of the moment.”