CLIFTON PARK — Against a Peru defense that had allowed just 7.4 points per game this season, Glens Falls came out and scored on its first three possessions Friday.
Peru slowed down Glens Falls in the second half but still fell 36-20 in an NYSPHSAA Class B football quarterfinal at Shenendehowa High School.
“The problem was we just couldn’t get the ball away from them,” Peru coach Nick Damiani said. “We had some key downs where we should’ve got off the field and didn’t, whether they had a big pass play or caught us on a little counter.
“We didn’t give our offense a chance to get it going.”
Glens Falls (10-1), which knocked off Schalmont last week to win the Section II championship, earned a spot in the Class B semifinals at Kingston’s Dietz Stadium.
“Usually after a big win like we had against Schalmont, where it was a little bit of an upset, you might have a little bit of a letdown,” Glens Falls coach Pat Lilac said. “But these kids didn’t have a letdown. They went after it, and I’m really proud of them.”
Peru trailed 22-6 at halftime but made some defensive adjustments and grabbed the momentum in the third quarter. Glens Falls, which had success with its ground game in the first half, had possession first and was limited to a short gain and a loss before Zane Bazzano snagged an interception.
Tim Remillard then ran 24 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown 2:27 into the quarter. Mackenzie LaRocque’s conversion run made it 22-14.
Peru’s defense held strong again, as Glens Falls went three-and-out, with Cam Girard getting sacked by Taylor Avanzato on third down.
But Peru (9-2) had to punt on its next drive after gaining just eight yards. When Glens Falls got the ball back, it not only added to its lead but also chewed up the clock.