September 15, 2013

Peru takes Ticonderoga on the run

PERU — After being whistled for penalty after penalty last week, the Peru Indians did some extra running in practice this week.

Lesson learned.

“When you run as much as we did this week, you clean up the penalties,” senior Zane Bazzano said. “And it was effective in getting that done for us.”

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The Indians looked much sharper than they did in Week 1 as they rolled to a 53-7 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football victory over Ticonderoga Saturday.

Peru coach Nick Damiani said he preached focus and execution in practice, looking to improve on a sloppy win over Saranac Lake. The Indians (2-0) responded by committing just five penalties and no turnovers.

Bazzano scored four touchdowns, Jozua Cote had three and Peru piled up nearly 500 yards of offense.

Cote got the Indians going with two touchdowns in the first 6:34 of the game, on 4- and 7-yard runs. Then Bazzano showed his big-play ability. Wide open, he caught a pass and trotted into the end zone for a 36-yard score 1:49 into the second quarter and grabbed a touchdown pass of the same length on Peru’s next possession. That gave the Indians a 27-0 lead.

In the middle of the second, Cote ran around a couple of would-be tacklers and sped down the sideline for a 75-yard touchdown. The senior transferred from Longueuil, Quebec this season and rushed for 67 yards last week. He finished with 174 yards on 14 carries Saturday and also caught a 25-yard pass. Damiani said Cote needed a little time to get used to Peru’s system, adding that he had a really good week of practice.

“So when he came into the game, I think he felt more comfortable, more confident, a little more relaxed,” Damiani said. “And then you saw some of what he can do.

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