PERU — The Peru Indians needed just 24 seconds to find the end zone Saturday, and from there they were off and running.
Blake Altizer threw for four touchdowns and Mackenzie LaRocque and Rivelino Hendricks ran for two each as Peru scorched Plattsburgh High 70-0 in a Section VII Class B football semifinal.
“We like to start off really fast. Come out and have a lot of energy, intensity,” Peru senior Tim Remillard said. “And we just want to execute and get better every time we play. For the last couple weeks I think we’re getting better on offense and defense — everywhere. And we’re just trying to be a better football team on game day.”
The Indians (7-1) will meet Beekmantown in next week’s Class B championship game.
Saturday, Zane Bazzano caught a 29-yard touchdown pass on Peru’s first offensive play. Bazzano grabbed an interception in the middle of the quarter, and the Indians went 53 yards in five plays, ending with Altizer’s 6-yard touchdown toss to Hunter Bruno.
Bruno then ran four yards for a score, and Peru led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
LaRocque took a handoff early in the second and had all kinds of room as he motored 57 yards to the end zone. Altizer connected with Tim Remillard and Bret Boyer for touchdowns before the end of the half, and Peru took a 42-0 cushion into the break.
Altizer, who went 9-for-13 for 150 yards, threw his four touchdown passes to four different receivers. Six players had at least one catch in the game.
“We’ve got a lot of playmakers, and I think that’s what makes it difficult to prepare for us defensively,” Peru coach Nick Damiani said. “When teams try to scout us and try to defend against us, we’ve got a lot of kids that can make big plays for us, and we can call on different kids at different points in time.